American identity as conceived by J. Hector St. John De Crevecoeur deals with the idea of endless possibilities. In Letters from an American Farmer he outlines the transformation of immigrants who have just come from a land of poverty and contentious circumstances. He points to the differences in the way they were once ruled by corrupt aristocrats and kings, but are now hopeful in the abundant and fertile land that they now call their home. Crevecoeur says,” It is not composed, as in Europe, of great lords who possess everything and of a heard of people who have nothing. Here are no aristocratical families, no courts, no kings, no bishops”(69). In his letter, Crevecoeur paints the picture of America as a land full of the promise of betterment. He points to the fact that men could now own their own farms instead of working for an employer. He also says,” We are all animated with the spirit of an industry which is unfettered and unrestrained, because each person works for himself” (69). The idea of the American identity stems from uninhibited growth and the idea of a prosperous life and developing a life that you want on your own terms. This idea of American identity differs from the ideas we read in the Unit 1 readings. The ideas in that unit stem from obeying the Bible and its teachings. In Jonathan Edwards Resolutions for living in accordance with God’s will, he outlines specific resolutions that the believers of God should obey. His resolutions point toward the idea of a single, unified truth in which all people should believe. This is contradictory to the idea of American identity as outlined in Crevecoeur’s letters which point to the understanding of Americans getting away from the idea of this single truth and getting to the point where they develop themselves so that they are able to find their own form of truth. Crevecoeur’s idea is one of possibilities and individualism whereas Edwards is of uniformity based on the teachings of the Bible.