American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States differs from the rest of the world

American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States differs from the rest of the world

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American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States differs from the rest of the  world. According to this view, the lessons learned by other nations do not necessarily  apply to the United States because the United States is exceptional and different.  Americans have believed they are different from other peoples in the world because of  the following concepts: Divine providence: Some believe that America has been chosen by God to  embody virtue and be a beacon to the world. The back of the one-dollar bill reads,  for example, “In God we trust.”  Just principles: Unlike most states, the United States was founded on ideas and 
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Unformatted text preview: principles, not by conquest. • Geography and resources: The great wealth of resources and relative isolation of the United States for much of its history has made America unique among most other countries in the world. • Diversity: The American mix of cultures and traditions is the source of American strength. Exceptionalism in Action American exceptionalism often influences American foreign policy. During the Cold War, for example, Ronald Reagan felt that America had a duty to be the “shining city on the hill,” an example to the world of what a good and blessed country should be....
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course POSI 1310 taught by Professor Arnold during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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