American Exceptionalism was coined by Alexis de Tocqueville in his book Democracy in America. To illustrate how the American way of thought is superior to the other ways of the world, Tocqueville expresses that the American way of thought is distinctively unique and special. This distinction is exemplified through liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism, and Laissez-Faire Economics. These qualities prove America’s exceptionality and difference from other countries. Although American Exceptionalism originated in the early 1800s, the idyllic values Tocqueville paints in his book can be seen throughout American history.
Although I will agree with him about the importance of writing about the possible dangers to maybe help prevent such things from occurring which can still be useful in modern democracies in the current age with America at the time that he visited it being a good case study in both the positives and negatives that democracy can bring and although there were some measures put into to help counteract these negatives in the US such as the US Constitution and the system of checks and
Web. 7 Oct. 2015. In the article “The American Dream as the Culture Expression of North American Identity”, Diana presents the definition of the American dream and its evolution since the historic time. The author emphasizes in the difficult of a common understanding of the American dream but she acknowledge the definition describes in the constitution as the recognizing of a person and his right regardless his social, economic or racial class. In her conclusion, the author emphasizes in dimension of unity and acceptance include in the American dream.
This being said, America decided that we needed to take over these areas to improve them. America decided to “improve” territories including the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Virgin Islands, and the Panama Canal region. A specific example of American attempting to better the areas
The Enlightenment and Imperialism completely revolutionized how people look at the world and what they think of it. These two major events also help to bring to light to determine how free the world is today in terms of suppressed rights and liberties in assorted countries. The freedom of the world can also be determined by modern day resources such as Freedomhouse.org. The cycle of securing individual freedoms has been heavily impacted by the Enlightenment, Imperialization and the drafting of the Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen. The Scientific Revolution is what lead the people into a new way of life, a life where they were valued as well as their ideas in society and in government.
It is known as the change from hand and home production to machine and factory. Its impact transformed American society and economy into a modern urban-industrial state. There were three major developments, transportation, electricity, and production acceleration. One of the keys to economical changes was to organize strategies to increase productivity. However, the breakthrough of industrialization was known as the “factory system.” Inventions such as the steam power and cotton gin created a widespread of cultivation of cotton.
In the current political environment, the question “What does it mean to be an American” is one that really caused me to think and reflect deeply. And while some are vowing to “Make America Great Again”, I think there are already a number of things that already make America great and make me proud to be an American. Early on, our founding fathers suggested through the Constitution that at its core, what it meant to be American was simply “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” That’s a fairly simplistic notion and the focus of my essay explores whether this literal interpretation can still apply in today’s more complex society or whether being an American requires more than that. As I try to answer this question myself, I began first by trying to inventory the things I appreciate most about America. I quickly determined that the things I cherish most might be quite different than my other classmates, friends, and possibly my own family and that’s when I realized that the discretion to express your own ideas and to think
When people think of America one of the first things that comes to mind is freedom. I personally think that freedom describes our country in a great way because that is one of the ideas that our country was built on. It gives us the right to make the choices we want, think what we want to think, and do what we want to do within the limits of the law. I think that in our country Freedom is often overlooked and some people often misuse it. In this day and age it is important to notice how people abuse freedom, what freedom looks like, and why freedom is important to the people of this country.
Like his passion for women’s education, he proposed the idea that freed slaves were in need of education and would have a difficult time contributing to society without it (PBS, Benjamin Franklin Abolitionist, 2012). Franklin had the right thing in mind when it came to being an American and that was the freedom to knowledge. In conclusion it can be said the Benjamin Franklin was the first true American because his ideas for what would make a citizen better or safer were inclusive to education. And there is something to be said of his ability to work on his preconceived notions and correct his ways as he did. He changes and evolves and adapts.
Industrial Revolution started in Great Britain and later progressed to the United States between the years 18th and 19th century. The Industrial Revolution marked a great milestone in the world history; various aspects of our day-to-day life were reformed in some way. Humans were transformed from handmade and tools to the assistance of machines. The main purposes for Industrial Revolution happened was peoples want an improvement for their life in order to overcome the hardship during the 18th century. Without the Industrial Revolution, it can be argued that the world today would not have a better standard of living through technology advancements, medication and educations.
At the turn of the 19th century, America would move to develop a more modern system of democratic ideals that include equality, the pursuit of happiness, and diversity using the Constitution as a guide. The Constitution states that America was built to be a land of equal opportunity where people, no matter where they start, can end up in a better place than where they began. America was created and built by immigrants and the Constitution agrees and celebrates this fact. After the War of 1812, America was able to focus more on developing these ideals. Equality was a prime focus for the States after the War of 1812.
Realism was first born as a reaction of romanticism; as the realist movement spawned from naturalism and regionalism. Realism is the products of a changing society in the United States due to the Industrial Revolution and Era of Good Feelings. One may think, realism is most important in literature since it presents life honestly, objectively
I think if this country has any unifying forces at all today, it would be diversity, though in some cases it could turn out to cause disunity rather than unity. I think diversity is a unifying force because it enables us learn and grow through the collaboration of working with people who may think different from you or may have different methods for doing things. Another unifying force I think is present in America today is innovation in the newest technology, or what was known as the Enlightenment in the mid-18th century. As new immigrants move in, they also bring their talents and creative abilities. Through cooperation with Americans here, more is discovered and developed.
Throughout American history, a sense of a mission has existed among the citizens and the country. America is a very blessed country where freedom rings and liberty exists. Therefore, Americans “have felt a desire and responsibility to share the benefits of the uniqueness with others around them.” (From lesson readings) In the beginning of our independence, America strived for and was committed to isolationism. “Isolationism is a category of foreign policies institutionalized by leaders who asserted that their nations ' best interests were best served by keeping the affairs of other countries at a distance.”(1) They believed that it was best to avoid alliances that involved both military and political issues. One student commented: “As Americans
Throughout the antebellum period of the newly founded United States, Americans saw a great need for change in society and sought options for reform that would better individuals as well as society as an entirety. There was a constant desire to change America and those ideals and values strongly impacted what America represents and is known for in today’s society. Specific examples given in the Jill Lepore reading “A is for American” and the Harriet Jacobs novel “Incidents of a Slave Girl”, such as communication and the institutions of slavery played significant roles in the reformation of American society as well as social reforms that were put into place for the betterment of society. The citizens of America at the time were focused on trying to promote individualism and the overall improvement of society. The way that this was done was through social reforms such as