The New Land Of New Ideas

The 18th century Americans turned their backs on the old ideas of the
Puritans. The Puritans believed in the population acting within the religious
ways of the times. The 18th century population turned their lifestyles to a
lifestyle of self interest. This lifestyle was dedicated to the goal of
obtaining wealth and prestige among the community. DeCrevecouer writes:

He is arrived on a new continent; a modern society offers itself to his
contemptation, different from what he had hitherto seen. It is not
composed, as in Europe, of great lords who possess every thing and of a
herd of people who have nothing. Here are no aristocratical families, no
courts, no ...

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principles of religion. In Old England, it was believed that
the few that had the wealth were blessed. Even the King was viewed as the
Lord's represantive on Earth. In the new land one had to work to gain faith.
Wealth that the individual created was viewed as being faithful to the Lord. The
new America gives birth to a true entrepreneurship among the races, if they are
going to have anything at all they are going to have to work for it.
DeCrevecouer explains this:

Men are like plants; the goodness and flavour of the fruit proceeds
from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow. We are nothing
but what we derive from the air we breathe, the climate we inhabit, the
government we obey, the system of religion we profess, and the nature of
our employment

This was not the land where wealth would be left to you in a will, this was the
land of sweat labor. This passage indicates that a man is only as good as the
product that he produces. This ...

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