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American Exceptionalism In The 19th Century

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The rise of the United States to an international hegemonic position was accompanied by the conviction of its citizens to be part of a success story. This positive sentiment was consolidated as a national project based on values such as freedom, egalitarianism and "laissez-faire". The way of conceiving the country's position in the world was mediated by the notion of American exceptionalism based on its self-perception. Since the United States became a superpower with interests around the world, two issues were raised in its foreign policy. The first of them was how to prevent a politics of supremacy from becoming imperialism. The second question determine if the moral values of the nation could be harmonized with the reality of its international objectives.
Although at the beginning of the 19th century there were some academic exchanges supported by the government, it was at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th when the use of culture as an instrument of foreign policy
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Its objectives were to convince its receivers of military power and American good faith; defenders of freedom and the improvement of living conditions throughout the world against totalitarian
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