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It is strange to consider Thomas Jeffersons writings when speaking on traits of the American Jefferson never wrote directly on the topic of the general character of the American It was he who was more responsible for setting the parameters of a society which would fulfill the ideals of what would become a part of the American character He knew that liberty and equality could not exist in a hierarchical society He also was aware that a society which was primarily production oriented bound together by interdependence on those who controlled the the financial resources would put to much power in the hands of a few A society of farmers he believed could support a society based on individualism and not conformity This view read by early Americans led to the view of the American being an individualist and not a conformist In order to be considered a nation the people have to be united through a series of common qualities and values The most important of these is the quality of individualism To be an individualist ties in all the other essential qualities of being an American such as the right to create your own destiny The opposite of this value is conformity an essential trait of those under a hierarchical system such as a monarchy Conformity is not only seen as a trait of the subservient but also a destroyer of true democracy Individualism was a trait actual selected for by the very processes which led a certain type of person to come to America The non-conformists were people who would not allow themselves to be goaded into directions the monarchs of the old world wanted them to follow This type of person has to be and individualist because a conformist would just remain in the old world content to follow the lead of others The effect of settling a wilderness also was a contributing factor to the formation of this
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