What is American Exceptionalism?

American Exceptionalism is the American idea that America is the greatest country on Earth. Alexis de Tocqueville helped promote this idea. He once visited America to study the people and the culture. He then wrote about his findings and called America the greatest country on Earth. The American people, being proud about their country, quickly adopted this view.


American Exceptionalism
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American Exceptionalism


American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States is the greatest nation on earth. It’s a high perception of the United States. This idea of American exceptionalism is very popular with Americans.


This makes sense, because people living in the United States want to have a higher view of the country in which they are living. Alexis de Tocqueville was from France. He came to the U.S., observed the U.S., and wrote about his findings. He promoted the view of American exceptionalism.


In fact, he wrote that the U.S. was headed down a path of no limit. The U.S. could accomplish anything it wanted to, because it was the greatest nation on earth. It could always achieve its dreams, because it had the means to do so. The idea of American exceptionalism comes about because U.S. citizens and others believe that the U.S.’s history, culture, and governmental structure is unsurpassed.


Namely, they believe that the U.S. citizens have more freedom than those in other countries. That’s what makes it great. That is why they believe that America is exceptional.



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Last updated: 07/10/2018

 

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