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4. Spirit of Nationalism   



4. Spirit of Nationalism

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J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur - Selected Archive Items

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[1209] William Bradford, Title page for The American Magazine and Monthly Chronicle for the British Colonies, Vol. 1, No. VI, for March 1758,
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-5309].
Title page illustration for the American Magazine showing a Frenchman and an Englishman competing for the loyalty of a native man standing between them, leaning on a rifle. Crèvecoeur worked as a surveyor in the French and Indian War.

[1889] Paul Revere, The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in Kings Street Boston on March 5th 1770 by a Party of the 29th Regt. (1770),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-4600].
Paul Revere, silversmith and political figure of the American Revolution, depicted the "arbitrary" murder of civilians by British troops in what would be called the Boston Massacre, a rallying point against the King's military presence in the colonies.

[2622] Junius Brutus Stearns, Life of George Washington--the Farmer (1853),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-723].
Like Crèvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer, this painting of George Washington standing with other white farmers while slaves work presents a contrast between bucolic farm life and the injustices of slavery.

[2642] John Heaten, Van Bergen Overmantel (c. 1730-45),
courtesy of the New York State Historical Association.
This vibrant depiction of colonial life in New York emphasizes the area's Dutch roots. Crèvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer was in part inspired by time spent in areas like the one shown here.

[7243] Currier & Ives, Washington's Head-Quarters 1780: At Newburgh, on the Hudson (1856),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZC2-3161].
Painting of stone farmhouse and bucolic surroundings alongside the Hudson River. General George Washington, his wife, officers, slaves, and servants occupied the modest house during the Revolutionary War. Crèvecoeures Letters from an American Farmer explores the pastoral lifestyle of such early Americans.



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