Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Americans” in chapter 1.1 of Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2:
...covered the youth Thoreau as a true poet, and communicated the discovery in a letter to Carlyle.
Thoreau became a member of Emerson's household, apparently as general help, a relationship which all Americans will understand but which will be the despair of Europeans
The most practical and handy person in all matters of every day life, a good mechanic and gardener, methodical in his habits, observant...
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