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

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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