Crevecoeur and Puritan Beliefs
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In The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Weber points out that the Calvinist belief in predestination of salvation or damnation of souls led to a level of anxiety, on the part of individuals, to avoid actions that would be seen as that of the damned by society. This led to conscious planning of one’s day-to-day behavior in accordance with God’s will. Thus, labor became a duty to God (Serendipity Web site). This fervent belief in predestination and duty to God benefited the Puritan settlers by virtue of being able to work hard towards establishing a prosperous economy and communities in a new, unknown land.