Front cover

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pp. 1-4

Copyright

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pp. 5-9

Contents

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pp. ix-11

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Introduction

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pp. 1-4

What happens if a country’s worldview is radically changed? If the particular priorities and traditions that informed the life of a people are laid aside, something has to fill the void. New ones are taken up and a new worldview is formed. But what if the changes happen slowly and subtly? What if the...

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1. The Problem of American Exceptionalism

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pp. 5-21

Wide and seemingly interminable disagreements are prominently on display nearly any time the words American exceptionalism are uttered. They are today a shorthand for the popular view that America is not subject to criticism or constraint—at least not beyond any very minimal level. Those who...

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2. John Winthrop: A Divinely Sanctioned, Practically Circumscribed Colony

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pp. 23-51

First and foremost, the idea of American exceptionalism is, strictly speaking, concerned with the exceptional nature of the United States of America. Yet Winthrop had never heard of the United States. The fledgling colonies on these shores—even if most of them could be grouped together...

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3. The Founders: A Providentially Guided, Temporally Bound Country

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pp. 53-83

Some of the most prominent commentators on the question of American exceptionalism have argued that the principal figures of America’s founding generation were ardent imperialists in word and deed.1 The claim is well established, it is supposed, by the vocabulary of key figures of that period in...

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4. Abraham Lincoln: An Ideally United, Potentially Unbound Union

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pp. 85-113

Up to this point we have moved from the western shores of England to the eastern shores of New England and farther south to Philadelphia. The movement has run from the early seventeenth-century American wilderness to a thriving city in the late eighteenth century. The next jump requires yet...

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5. Albert Beveridge: A Racially Defined, Imperially Aimed Nation

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pp. 115-143

From the beginning of this book, the argument has been building toward a contemporary conception of American exceptionalism. The objective has been constant: to identify the various elements that seem to make up the idea and then to trace their evolution through the course of American history...

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Conclusion: The Possibility of a New and Traditional American Political Order

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pp. 145-154

The self-conception, worldview, and behavior of the American people underwent a great change by the turn of the twentieth century. The change, while radical, was piecemeal and sometimes slow; it proceeded nearly imperceptibly. The story is one of gradual differentiation from colonial times...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 155-167

I am grateful to the numerous organizations and many people who added to the completion of this book. First, some of my ideas found their first public forum in the Journal of Church and State; portions of this book appeared in an earlier edition in its pages and I am grateful for that opportunity and...

Notes

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pp. 157-193

Bibliography

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pp. 195-205

Index

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pp. 207-214