Hello! I had recently finished reading "The Devil and Tom Walker" and "Rip Van Winkle" which are both short stories/folk tales written by Washington Irving (most of you probably already know that though =P).
When I finished reading these, it mentioned in the afternotes that these short stories were distinctly American, which sparked my interests. However, it did not elaborate any further. I've tried researching why these stories are "distinctly American" but to no avail.
What are characteristics of American literature? And how do those two short stories convey the characteristics?