Americans tend to view their history as a success story and as a victory for democracy

Americans tend to view their history as a success story and as a victory for democracy

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Americans tend to view their history as a success story and as a victory for democracy.  A number of themes recur in how Americans think about their history, including the  mythical founding of the United States, the struggle against tyranny and injustice, and  the sense of history as progress. Popular culture, especially movies and television  shows, constantly reinforces these themes and this view of American history. Mythical Founding  Most Americans re-imagine the founding of the United States in mythical terms, as the  triumph of wisdom over tyrannical ignorance and as the creation of something new and  important in the world. Likewise, many American citizens tend to revere the Declaration  of Independence and the Constitution, and the Founding Fathers are seen as paragons  of virtue and political acumen. The iconic image of George Washington on the one-
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