Reading Questions: Winthrop/Crevecouer
Look over the following reading questions BEFORE reading the assignment in order to get a sense of what the instructor wants you to find. Then, after finishing the reading assignment, come to class ready to discuss these and any other issues that may arise.
- Explain what John Winthrop means by the concept of "The
City on a Hill."
- How important was community and togetherness to John Winthrop
according to his speech?
- Crevecouer makes a big deal out of each American "working
for himself." What does he mean by this? Does he mean that
all Americans are self-employed? Why is this such a significant
point to him (and his readers)?
- According to Crevecouer, what makes an American out of a
European immigrant? What turns them from a Dutchman or Englishman
or Frenchman to an American? Why are they so quick to reject
their previous nationalities?
- Crevecouer is very negative in his portrayal of the wilderness
dwellers. What seems to be his main problems with them and the
way that they live their lives?
- Explain Crevecouer's theory as to why and how religious tolerance
prospered in the colonies when it didn't in Europe, even though
it was the same religions and so many colonists came over her
FOR the purpose of practicing their particular religious beliefs.
- Crevecouer feels that there are riches in America, but how
does he define those riches?