Ubi Panis Ibi Patria: Reflections on American Identity

Ross E. Paulson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1988

Issue: Our National Self-Understanding (Vol. 8, No 3, Summer, 1988)

he customary starting point for any historical consideration of American identity is Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur’s question of 1782 in his Letters from an American Farmer: “What then is the American, this new man?” This essay examines the basis of his position and its implications for our current “crisis of identity,” both “sacred” and “secular.”

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