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American Exceptionalism

by: Brooke McGloon

American Exceptionalism POSC 225

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Brooke McGloon
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U.S Government
Jennifer Byrne

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Date Created: 09/26/15
DeTocqueviIIe quotAmerica is qualitatively different from all other countriesquot Identifying American Exceptionalism Origin North Western European Immigrants Everywhere Revolutionary War Creed Life Liberty Pursuit of Happiness Bill of Rights Peaceful transfer of power Equal opportunity Manifest Destiny American Dream Evolution Articles of Confederation Amendments North vs South UrbanSuburbanRural SunBibleRust Belt Occupation Political Institution Federalism AntiFederalism Gender gap Bicameral Socioeconomic Factions Religious Institution Freedom Separation Fundamentalist Evangelicals Protestants Agnostics Atheists 5 Important Values Liberty Equality individuaism popuism aissezfaire This is the American Creed Role of Ideology a system of ideas and ideals especially one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy I US is a country connected by ideology l Other countries are more connected by a common history I Middleclass values ideology compared to Europe no socialist or conservative party I Being an American is an ideological commitment must accept its values Beyond the creed l Idealism social improvement always to do better and to improve I Materialism pursuit of wealth we think that is success I Openness transparency l Religiosity Religion plays a key role yet various types are tolerated America is a NATION OF IMMIGRANTS Role of Government l Skeptical and even fearful of the role of government I Gallup Poll Nov 28 Dec 1 2011 N1012 adults nationwide Margin of error i 4 quotIn your opinion which of the following will be the biggest threat to the country in the future big business big labor or big governmentquot Big Business 26 Big Labor 8 Big Government 64 Characteristics of Americans more individualistic more proimmigration refugee policy is based on foreign policy overall we want to support refugees and immigrants more selfreliant more antistate more patriotic more philanthropic more work ethnic the protestant work ethic there were chosen people going to heaven those who were successful and accumulated a lot of wealth so you would keep working and keep working to show you were one of God s chosen ones participate in civic activities Hispanic Challenge Huntington s theory the US is going to be divided into two cultures the fast pace Hispanics can not relate it is too different Because of the number of Hispanic immigrants we will end up seeing this fraction in the culture Hispanics tend to have lower socioeconomic status He is arguing that this group isn t going to t in because they do not share the ideology of American exceptionalism How costa Rican culture is different than American culture Very traditional Religion a big part Chicos very polite and nonconfrontational Very family oriented Not performance driven they are not about work they do not live here to work All about the process of things not quick not efficient Americans are God s quotalmost chosen peoplequot Abraham Lincoln people think we are arrogant Manifest Destiny Chauvinism Imperialism Violence Unique justi cation to exercise power quotEngineering Approach to Solving Problems gt CanDo Attitude A quick permanent solution exists gt US involvement quotputting things rightquot gt Reliance on technology military Obama speaking on America America must always lead on the world stage if we don t know one else will


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