The national symbol

Many Americans love to refer to their nation as a Melting Pot: a land made from immigrants and always welcomes newcomers with opportunities to thrive and prosper. Ironically, according to what Colin Woodard points out in his book, this image has always been interpreted so differently among Americans. In Woodard’s New Netherlands and Midland regions, […]

Enemy of enemy

One philosophy that can be seen through these nations’ colonial liberation is that: “Enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Short and simple, this single piece of wisdom was the motivation behind almost every significant movement of the colonial nations during their wars of liberation. From the very beginning, what brought these nations together was […]

The clinging past

The images of the Appalachians in Colin’s book and the “half cultivators and half hunters” in Crevecoeur’s writing are very similar in many ways. Fletched from Europe under no encouragement but the urge to escape from poverty and oppression, these emigrants settled down in the new land under no regulation. They lived at the frontier […]

Invisible Frontiers

Theodore Roosevelt’s Americanism rests largely on the Frontier Myth. He believes that it is through fighting and struggling to extent the borderlines that European immigrants gained and expressed critical qualities that make them Americans. An American, stated Roosevelt, is the identity available to anyone who deserves it, anyone who can prove himself to be “courageous” […]

Identities

America appears in Crevecoeur’s “What’s an American” essay as a land of freedom for people who escaped from the European society during the 17th century. They were people who left “nothing” for “nothing”. Existing in poverty and servility in Europe, they ventured into an unknown land only with bare hands. The new nation granted them […]