AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM 1Running Head:AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM Name:Institution:Date:
AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM 2American exceptionalism means leading the rest of the world toward the end of history and this is perceived to be the American Mission. For more than forty decades, Americans have perceived United States as an exceptional country which has an exceptional mission in the world (Bell, 1991). There has been a common belief among the Americans from the beginning that United States is different from other countries. To them, it is un-American to even think that United States is not a special country. This represents one of the most difficult aspects of American exceptionalism for non-Americas to grasp. American exceptionalism is highly valued by some American people. Some refer this exceptionalism as a civic form of exceptionalism, others as a national identity, and still others as a national narrative (Restand, 2015). All these people continue to perceive America as exceptional. However, most non-Americans embrace thisexceptionalism. However, others do not perceive it well. When Fukuyama announced the end of history after the end of the cold war, many most certainly many Europeans viewed American exceptionalism as American arrogance and perhaps even ignorance. To European, American exceptionalism was in fact the American’s project that was leading the world to the end of history. America was discovered in 1492 by Columbus. Twenty-four years later, Sir Thomas More wrote about a place he had located in the Atlantic. Utopian writers continued to explore Sir.Thomas’ dream and identify America as a perfect society. Therefore, the notion of America beinga perfect society originated from Europe. Europeans conceived America as a place that opened vast new possibilities for them and the one that provided exceptional opportunities for convertingmany souls to Christianity. However, a new society emerged in the 18
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