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American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword

American Exceptionalism

A Double-Edged Sword

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Pub. price: $22.95

ISBN10: 0393316149 ISBN13: 9780393316148 Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc Published: Apr 1 1997 Weight: 0.80lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.75" Depth: 0.75" Language: English

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American values are quite complex, writes Seymour Martin Lipset, particularly because of paradoxes within our culture that permit pernicious and beneficial social phenomena to arise simultaneously from the same basic beliefs.

Born out of revolution, the United States has always considered itself an exceptional country of citizens unified by an allegiance to a common set of ideals, individualism, anti-statism, populism, and egalitarianism. This ideology, Professor Lipset observes, defines the limits of political debate in the United States and shapes our society.

American Exceptionalism explains why socialism has never taken hold in the United States, why Americans are resistant to absolute quotas as a way to integrate blacks and other minorities, and why American religion and foreign policy have a moralistic, crusading streak.

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