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date: 14 June 2024

St. John De Crèvecoeur, J. Hectorlocked

St. John De Crèvecoeur, J. Hectorlocked

  • Kathryn W. Kemp

Extract

In Letters from an American Farmer (1782), a writer calling himself J. Hector St. John provides a firsthand view of the lives of ordinary Americans in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Because the author, a native of France named Michel-Guilliaume de Crèvecoeur, opposed the American Revolution, his work received scant attention until the twentieth century, when scholars recognized the value of its descriptions of the colonial world, including rural life, Indians, the frontier, the whaling communities of New England, slavery, and the flora and fauna of the Middle Colonies.

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  • North American Literatures

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