Alex De Tocqueville American Rationalism

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Exceptionalism of America can actually be dated back to the 1830s when United States and the citizens were first described as "Exceptional" by Alex de Tocqueville. He was the first to use the term in his Democracy in America class work. Tocqueville observed egalitarianism in the American society and stressed individualism which he indicated differed from "group ties" emphasis which characterizes Europe. The notion of American Exceptionalism sets America as having a distinct as well as special destiny that other nations do not posses, the notion has been persistent al all times in the American history. This special character, American Exceptionalism, is sometimes inferred from the 1776-89 period founded American political institutions. Such
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