Letters from an American Farmer: Selections
  • Publication Date: July 21, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554816361 / 155481636X
  • 108 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Letters from an American Farmer: Selections

  • Publication Date: July 21, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554816361 / 155481636X
  • 108 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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from Letters from an American Farmer

  • from Letter 2: On the Situation, Feelings, and Pleasures of an American Farmer
  • from Letter 3: What Is an American?
  • from Letter 4: Description of the Island of Nantucket
  • from Letter 9: Description of Charles-Town
  • from Letter 10: On Snakes; and on the Hummingbird
  • from Letter 12: Distresses of a Frontier Man

In Context

  • A Pennsylvania Farm
  • Nantucket and Charles-Town
  • Reactions to Letters from an American Farmer
    • from Rev. Samuel Ayscough, Remarks on the Letters from an American Farmer; or, a Detection of the Errors of Mr. J. Hector Saint John; Pointing out the Pernicious Tendency of Those Letters to Great Britain (1783)
    • from Correspondance Littéraire, Philosophique et Critique par Grimm, Diderot, Raynal, Meister, etc. (January 1785)
    • from Barrett Wendell, A Literary History of America (1900)
  • Rationalizing Colonialism: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and George Washington
    • from Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1660): from Chapter 13 “Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery”
    • from John Locke, The Second Treatise of Civil Government (1689): from Chapter 5 “Of Property”
    • from George Washington, letter to James Duane, 7 September 1783