The Myth of American Exceptionalism Godfrey Hodgson, author of “The Myth of American Exceptionalism,” critics the concept of American exceptionalism throughout the book. Hodgson’s states that his purpose is not to ‘’minimize American achievements or to demean the quality of American civilization.” (16) He says he admires the idea of a country ruled based on popular sovereignty, equal rights and the questioning of a government that was created for the people. However, he also criticizes the concept of American exceptionality through the notion that the United States’ superiority and “uniqueness” has been greatly exaggerated by misguided interpretations of American history, as well as to warn the audience, not only Americans, about the dangers of “self-praise” build around “unreal and hubristic assumptions.” (16) Geoffrey Hodgson starts off by exposing several occasion where the idea of America’s superiority has been altered and often exaggerated by misguided interpretations of the past; for example, he remarks the interpretation of the Mayflower contract by the sixth president of the United states, John Quincy Adams, who said, “perhaps the only instance in human history of that positive, original social compact, which speculative philosophers have imagined as the only legitimate source of government.” (5) To debate the radical claim made by president Adams,
His values demonstrate the political stage in the second half of the 20th century because it exemplifies the influence and prevalence of social conservatism at a time where the American society was maneuvering into a more progressive liberal state. Secondly, Reagan discusses the conflict between government interference in religious institutions. He does so by highlighting the issue of school prayer being removed from the public school schedule. He emphasizes that religious proceedings are prevalent in government institutions and that should uphold in the educational system. Reagan argues, “The Declaration of Independence mentions the Supreme Being no less than four times.
He influenced society in that time by border protection. The Simpson-Mazzoli bill was a great example of that. Along with Reagan declaring the war against terrorism sent a worldwide message that we were a nation not to be messed with. Reagan also kept one of our most important imports safe and continuously being able to come into the U.S. Border protection was one of the biggest topics that Ronald Reagan shaped society in. Reagan had many views on society and politics.
1). He believes that isolationism is key for the countries success. He rejects the Wilsonian vision for the country and wanted the country to return to their countries former self, which was a very popular view for the people at that time. Harding’s intended audience to an isolationist audience, he is speaking to those that support his views towards isolationism and towards the United States not entering the League of Nations. In 1924, the “Like a Good Neighbor” policy occurred, in which Hoover withdrew his troops from the Dominican Republic, which was another step to remaining neutral and not getting involved in foreign
From the date of birth of the United States of Ameica, the idea inspired "City on a Hill" always hiding somewhere deep in the American consciousness. Thomas Paine, a writer who promoted the American Revolution in 1776, once stated that, “The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.” In other words, America is the exception; not only acted based on the ambitions of land scramble, and jewels like any other countries, but also tempered by the mission: Government of the people, by the people, for the people (Lincoln). The core of the idea of American Exceptionalism is a mission and belief of a country. Godfrey Hodgson, a very popular British author, who had a good knowledge about the United States in his masterpiece “The Myth of American Exceptionalism”.
This was a school of thought during American Imperialism serving mainly as an excuse to conquer other nations. White Man’s Burden said that Americans were better, smarter, and more capable than the inhabitants of less advanced countries and suggested that it was the duty of Americans to take over these countries and help them become better. In reality, when Americans tried to execute these beliefs in countries such as the Philippines, their attempts were met with dissatisfaction and rebellion. The other countries did not want to be like America, but Americans
He obviously admires both leaders but merely wishes to point out, often through the use of recently declassified documents, that theirs was on occasion "a fractious alliance" rather than what Mr. Aldous calls "the merely love-struck political marriage of contemporary myth." In the 1990s, Sir Nicholas Henderson, British ambassador, said that "If I reported to you what Margaret Thatcher really thought about President Reagan, it would damage Anglo-American relations, " (page2).
(Burton, 103, Social Darwinism) After being aware of this, Theodore Roosevelt’s plan was to make America the stronger country and gain power by taking other nations. Theodore Roosevelt is a patriotic American icon to many people today because of his acts of bravery and toughness. (Burton, 357) In the olden days (maybe until today), a huge country with dominance over other countries is the ideal country for Americans. “Theodore Roosevelt was a nationalistic patriot and imperialist in his very bones” (Burton, 357). This was one of the reasons Theodore Roosevelt wanted to build a bigger America, due to his “Pride of the Nation”.
Each facet of nationalism served to unify the country as a whole and mold it into a modern society. Economic nationalism began to develop in America during Monroe’s presidency, in what became known as “the American System”. One component of this was protective
There’s only an up or down: man’s old --old aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.” This shows his ethics and the passion he has when he presents his speech. Reagan stated,”Today, 37 cents out of every dollar earned in the country is the tax collector’s share,” He also included,”We’ve raised our debt limit three times in the last twelve months, and now our national debt is one and a half times bigger than all the combined debts of all the nations of the world.” Reagan shows us that he knows about the numbers and logistics of our nation which is logos. Since he knows specific numbers, more people will listen to what he is trying to