American exceptionalism is the belief that
- the US is unique and special
- the US has a unique mission to transform the world
- the US is superior to other nations because of its unique history and mission
Unique nation[change | change source]
The US started from the American Revolutionary War. Martin Lipset calls it the "first new nation". It developed an American set of ideas (Americanism) based on republicanism, democracy, laissez-faire (no government interference in economy), liberty, equality, individualism (importance of individual).
Unique mission[change | change source]
Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg address (1863), that Americans have a responsibility to make sure that the "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
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References[change | change source]
- Winfried Fluck; Donald E. Pease; John Carlos Rowe (2011). Re-framing the Transnational Turn in American Studies. University Press of New England. p. 207. ISBN 9781611681901.
- American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword. Seymour Martin Lipset. New York, N.Y.: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc. 1996. p. 18. .
- Seymour Martin Lipset, The first new nation (1963).
- Lipset, American Exceptionalism, pp. 1, 17–19, 165–74, 197