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Literature has portrayed many different lifetimes and societies and the American period is no exception J Hector St John de Crvecour says it best when he says He is arrived on a new continent a modern society offers itself to his contemplation different from what he had hitherto seen Much like the new character Crvecour portrays coming into the Americas the new style of writing follows directly on the heels of this man Man has evolved from past literature and their attitudes were modeled from past roots such as the Puritans He as Crvecour called him now knows more than he did then he realizes what is necessary and proper Out with the religious overbearing lifestyle and into the new nationalistic and honorable persona Due to events and people in history like the Enlightenment and Thomas Jefferson religion is taking is last bows and saying farewell to society The people under deistic influence see no reason for religion to govern their lives That is something they want to do for themselves De Crvecour begins to discuss Americas strong turn toward a non religious society when he writes in Letters to an American Farmer if secaries are not settles close together if they are mixed with other denominations their zeal will cool for want of fuel and will be extinguished in a little timefor the strict modes of Christianity as practiced in Europe are lost also p 298 Franklin addresses his son regarding his own lack of participation in religion almost attempting to justify it I seldom attended any Public Worship Franklin says before that These services to God I esteemd the Essentials of every Religion and being to be found in all the Religions we had in our country I respected them all tho with different degrees of Respect as I found them p 276 Either authos had the same opinion on how religion affected and how much it was responsible for developing
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