A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Crèvecoeur, Michel-Guillaume Jean De

Crèvecoeur, Michel-Guillaume Jean De (b. Caen, France, 31 January 1735; d. Sarcelles, France, 12 November 1813) A French officer who settled in Orange County, N.Y., after the Seven Years’ War, he assumed the pseudonym J. Hector St Jean de Crèvecoeur in order to write Letters from an American Farmer (London, 1782). This book influenced generations of historians to romanticize Anglo-American society as a utopia of economic prosperity and a melting pot of relatively harmonious relations among different ethnic stocks. The Revolution nevertheless devastated Crèvecoeur’s life, and by 1783 (when he became France’s consul at New York), his wife was dead, his house had burned, and his three children lived in foster homes.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Crèvecoeur, Michel-Guillaume Jean De," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed September 19, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CMRBJEGS87DK9C6.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Crèvecoeur, Michel-Guillaume Jean De." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 19 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CMRBJEGS87DK9C6.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Crèvecoeur, Michel-Guillaume Jean De' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 19 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CMRBJEGS87DK9C6.