In the late 1700’s Benjamin Franklin wrote a document called “Information to Those Who Would Remove to America” it was a document that was a response to rumors that were floating around Europe during this time. Franklin was trying to let people know that America was not a land of the rich. It was a type of warning to the people of Europe that if they wanted to come here it was anything but easy, and things were not given out like hand outs. America at this time was anything but a simple place to live, it was a place that required hard work not to be well off but to survive.
After the reader reads this document it will make you think about how hard it really was in America instead of what the Europeans thought. Franklin says “These are all wild imaginations; and those who go to America with expectations founded upon them will surely find themselves disappointed” (pg.528). People might have thought that when you arrived on the American soil you were given things on hand and foot but that wasn’t the case at all. The settlers that were already here worked hard then they had ever worked before just to stay alive. It was a big misconception that new groups of settlers would be warmly greeted and rewarded with farm, slaves
Most of the people in America would be considered poor in Europe during this time, because the settlers didn’t really have any money to spend on any but food and other necessities. It is pretty clear that a lot of bartering was going on amongst the early American settlers. If one family knew how to do something that one did not they would help each other in return for something needed. Nobody was really considered rich because as long as you had food on the table and a roof over your head you were doing better than others. It was portrayed that in America people were rich, but Franklin revealed that “The truth is, that though there are in that country few people so miserable as the poor of Europe” (pg.529). Franklin also said that “…there are...
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