J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur writes in his essay “What, Then, Is the American?” (Voices 1, 140) that the American is a “new man” who, “leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced.” Pick another Voices reading from week 3. Do Thomas Jefferson, Judith Murray, or Tecumseh think that the prejudice they identify is new? Or, do you think that the prejudice that they identify is new? Cite from the relevant chapters in Give Me Liberty to support your argument.
Your responses should be approximately 500 words. Strive to make a clear and decisive argument in each essay by dividing it into three parts:
1. Exposition. Your first paragraph should describe the reading, and briefly explain what you have decided about the questions posed.
2. Development. The middle of your essay should explain your answer. It should offer details about the main arguments and content of the reading to support your claims. It should also offer background from Give Me Liberty!
3. Conclusion. Your last paragraph should recapitulate your argument, and add some final point that you think bolsters your perspective.
You can use phases like “in this essay I argue . . . ” or “I think that . . . ” or “in conclusion, I believe that . . . ”
Quote a little from the readings when you find some passage that illustrates your points. Use your Give Me Liberty! textbook to provide background, or to add additional quotes. When you quote, reference your quote at the end of the sentence like this: