“He is an American, who leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the new government he obeys, and the new rank he holds. He becomes an American by being received in the broad lap of our great Alma Mater.
Here individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men, whose labours and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world. Americans are the western pilgrims, who are carrying along with them that great mass of arts, sciences, vigour, and industry which began long since in the east; they will finish the great circle. The Americans were once scattered all over…; here they are incorporated into one of the finest systems of population which has ever appeared, and which will hereafter become distinct by the power of the different climates they inhabit. The American ought therefore to love this country much better than that wherein either he or his fore-fathers were born.”

By J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur a pro-American French writer from his: Letters From an American Farmer, 1782
https://archive.org/details/lettersfromaname00stjoiala/page/54/mode/1up
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Image: Americans in a shipyard pledging allegiance to the flag c. 1917-1918 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

 

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