Standard 3 Resource
The American National Character
There are certain qualities
and attitudes that help define the American
people as being different from all others.
When the first European settlers reached
the shores of the New World they adapted
to a new way of life, one which forced
them to be more self-reliant, imaginative,
and ambitious. In this new environment,
Americans came into contact with new
peoples (Native Americans) and lessened
their contact with European communities.
Americans created their own systems
of production and experienced tremendous
growth due to their country's unique
geography (the expanding frontier).
Americans even dealt with social problems
differently from their European counterparts.
From "What then is
the American, This New Man?"
By Arthur Schlesinger,
are rooted in European traditions and
practices. Although the Founding Fathers
lived on the frontiers of North America,
they maintained contact with men and
women in Europe and had a solid understanding
of European history and politics. The
United States became an independent
nation, expanded its frontiers, and
prospered materially because American
leaders were familiar with both domestic
and foreign affairs, and they were able
to deal with European leaders in an
intelligent and realistic manner.
In spite of the difference between an
American and and an Englishman, a Frenchman,
a German, etc., we are all a part of
the Atlantic Community and we share
in common the Western Culture.
From "The American
Frontier--Frontier of What?"
By Carlton J. H. Hayes
Task 2: List and explain possible reasons for the differences
in the interpretations that appear above.
4-5: relate answers to "the evidence presented or the
point of view of the author."
Grade 6-8: relate answers to
the historians "choice of questions and use of sources."
Grades 9-12: relate answers
to the historians' "choice of questions, use and choice
of sources, perspectives, beliefs, and points of view."
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