American History Through Literature: 1820-1870, Volume 1 by Janet;Sattelmeyer, Robert Gabler-Hover

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1–77. New York: AMS Press, 1968. How farmers defined themselves, however, has been a matter of historical debate, though they likely understood that the ideal world described by writers and politicians was just that, an ideal. And though most farmers saw themselves before the Civil War as self-sufficient freeholders, by 1870 at least many described themselves as businessmen rather than Jeffersonian yeomen. S. industrialization that drew most existing subsistence-farming communities into capital-intensive farming.

But by far the greatest number of loanwords came from American Indian languages. In The English Language in America (1925), George Philip Krapp lists some 250 words of Indian origin, exclusive of proper names. Many remain current: for example such animal names as “caribou,” “chipmunk,” “hog,” “moose,” “opossum,” “raccoon,” “skunk,” “woodchuck” (1:165–167). More likely to be called Americanisms were words and phrases of English origin. H. L. Mencken in The American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States (1919) at one point lists words that were current in the United States in the nineteenth century but had become obsolete in England, among them “flap-jack,” “molasses,” “home-spun,” “cesspool,” “whittle,” “hustle,” “fall” (for “autumn”) (p.

Cutler, Hanna Tracy. ” Woman’s Journal, 19–26 September 1896. Gage, Frances. ” National Anti-Slavery Standard, 2 May 1863. Gilbert, Olive. Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave. 1850. Reprinted as Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Bondwoman of Olden Time. Edited by Margaret Washington. New York: Vintage, 1993. Holley, Sallie. A Life for Liberty. 1899. Reprinted as A Life for Liberty: Anti-Slavery and Other Letters of Sallie Holley. Edited by John W. Chadwick. New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969.

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