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By: Melissa Kinsella American Exceptionalism is defined as “the opinion that the United States is qualitatively different from other nations”. The United States emerged from the revolutionary war “the first new nation” and therefore was able to set their unique set of ideologies based on” liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism and laissez-faire” The term it’s self was first used by the writer Alexis de Tocqueville describing the U.S as “exceptional”. I found five strong examples that can arguably state that there is proof in U.S history that it is true, the absence of feudalism, puritan roots, American Revolution and Republicanism, slavery and immigration. Louis Hartz “ argued that “American political tradition lacked the left-wing/socialist and right-wing/aristocratic elements that dominated in most other lands because colonial America lacked any feudal traditions, such as established churches, land estates and an inherited nobility”. This meant that the national government was far less centralized or nationalized as European counterparts. Embracing a middle ground between strict Calvinist predestination and a less restricting theology of Divine Providence, many Puritans with Arminian leanings believed God had made a covenant with their people and had chosen them to lead the other nations on Earth. The puritan community of New England believed that it should serve as a “model community for the rest of the world”. The Puritans’ moralistic values have and do still remain influential in our national identity of the United States since the 18th century. Thomas Paine’s Common Sense was the first time anyone had expressed the belief that “America was not just an extension of Europe but a new land, a country of nearly unlimited potential and opportunity that had out grown the British mother
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