The Unlikely History of American Exceptionalism

The contemporary vocabulary of “American Exceptionalism” comes to us courtesy of doctrinaire Communists and Catholics, from as recently as the 1930s. Really.

Appeared in: Volume 8, Number 4 | Published on: February 12, 2013

Walter A. McDougall, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, is senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, on whose website (fpri.org) this essay originally appeared.

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