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To what extent do you think that Andrew Jackson fit Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur's description of the American "back settler" who lived on the frontier? Explain, giving examples.

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Founding Father Pres. Andrew Jackson's life and actions are detailed in this solution in such a manner that discusses as to how he fits the description of the frontier 'back settler' as defined by Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur. References are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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Andrew Jackson: Crevecoeur's "back-settler"?

In his work, 'Letters from an American Farmer', Frenchman Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur documented the life, attitudes and perspectives that made up the identities and world-views of the 'American' in the early days of the nation. It constructed a view of what it means to be an American in the eyes of those who weren't, in particular, those from Europe. His descriptive narrative constructed observations that explained work ethic as well as politics to show what drives an 'American', his concerns and motivations in the context of his environment and his world. Among the many ideas he shared in this work is the notion of the 'back-setter'. For the author, a back-settler is one who lives outside the 'bounds of community', preferring to be on the edges whose reason of being too far-removed can imply that he or she or his family and small community is outside the bounds of the law. We can see this view in the following lines (from Letter III):

"We should rather begin with converting our back-settlers; and now if I dare mention the name of religion, its sweet accents would be lost in the immensity of these woods. Men thus placed, are not fit either to receive or remember its mild instructions; they want ...

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