Exceptional America: Newness and National Identity


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The belief that America is not only different but -exceptional- is a central aspect of American identity that appears in the speeches and writings of John Winthrop to Martin Luther King Jr. to Ronald Reagan. Yet how and why America is exceptional has produced widely diverse answers. Philip Abbott alters this debate by arguing that Americans are the way they talk. He examines American exceptionalism as a preoccupation with -newness- in both politics and culture and traces its influence in a series of great American political ...

Exceptional America: Newness and National Identity 1999, Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften, New York

ISBN-13: 9780820439129

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