Quote: Hector St. John de Crevecoeur

Quote: Hector St. John de Crevecoeur

Nov 24


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“What then is the American, this new man? He is neither an European, or the descendant of an European; hence that strange mixture of blood, which you will find in no other country. I could point out to you a man whose grandfather was an Englishman, whose wife was Dutch, whose son married a French woman, and whose present four sons have now four wives of different nations. He is an American, who, leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the new government he obeys, and the new rank he holds. He becomes an American by being received in the broad lap of our great Alma Mater. Here individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men, whose labors and posterity will one day cause great change in the world.”

— Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, written in 1792

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