In his analysis of Americanism, Crèvecoeur focuses on two principal phenomena: first, the leveling factor of economic reality, in which the huge gulf between rich and poor that exists in Europe is absent from America; and second, the unprecedented ethnic and religious diversity that exists in the New World, which he supposes will have a positive effect on the newly formed society.
Much of what he observed in 1782 is even more true today. Most people whose families have been in the United States for more than a generation are of mixed ethnic background or "nationality." The mixing of European nationalities has now been significantly broadened to include those of non-European background. So a factor that was already present at the time Crèvecoeur wrote his Letters has continued into the present.
With regard to religion, his observations were and are both true and not so true. He felt that the differences between Christian denominations were less important in America than in Europe, and this...
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