Title of Presentation

The Myth of American Exceptionalism

Date of Presentation

4-18-2015

Name of Conference

Midwest Political Science Association

Date of Conference

4-2015

Location of Conference

Chigago, Illinois

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Department

Political Science and Public Administration

Abstract

This paper critiques the contemporary literature on American exceptionalism. It examines the multiple religious, intellectual and racist traditions that have and continue to make up U.S. political culture. It demonstrates that the doctrine of American exceptionalism is full of contradictions and fallacies. Whereas some traditions supported democracy and equality, other cultural traditions operated to sustain and promote racial repression. Both in the past and today, U.S. political culture contains contradictory currents, one progressive and the other reactionary.

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