Unlike post 19th Century America, Colonial America was very familiar with the principles of God's Natural Laws. Those laws were the catalyst for our War for Independence, our Declaration of Independence and our Bill of Rights.
If we wish to grasp American life in the 19th century, it's probably best to start by understanding that when America was young, it had no myth. Once we really understand that, the rest falls into place fairly easily.
I grew up in the city of Pittsburgh Pa. In my old neighborhood I came up with kids of many backgrounds. In those days I was called a 'dumb pollock' as a matter of flippant conversation almost every day until at least the age of eighteen as we kid
John Garand: The Forgotten History of the Man Who Invented the Iconic M1 Garand Rifle