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American Exceptionalism in Four Contextual Factors

Using the four contextual factors:

a. Religion,
b. Nationalism/Ethnicity
c. Modernization/Globalization, and
d. Geography

and other appropriate concepts and metaphors discussed in the course, analyze American Exceptionalism by assessing its capacity to both mitigate and aggravate the potential for conflict between the U.S. and other nations. Use examples to explain your answer.

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I have created an outline for you to work from that addresses all the topics above. I have included a few websites I know of that have some further information. Knowing more about American Exceptionalism and its roots, you might wish to read about de Tocqueville and the included Washington Post reference article.

Using the four contextual factors (a. Religion, b. Nationalism/Ethnicity c. Modernization/Globalization, and d. Geography) and other appropriate concepts and metaphors discussed in the course, analyze American Exceptionalism by assessing its capacity to both mitigate and aggravate the potential for conflict between the U.S. and other nations. Use examples to explain your answer.

American Exceptionalism, a concept first used by Alexis e Tocquevill, is both good and bad in terms of its meanings and its ability to work with other nations. While many times, American can bring about help to world situations, including conflicts, at other times it can be a hindrance. The ideology or 'creed' of the United States is stated most clearly in the country's Declaration of Independence. The country and its government was created and not of a historically long term background. There is no hierarchy as found in other countries. The 'church' is part of its founding and ideology, but not part of its government. People have been welcomed from around the world where they might be oppressed, indigent, or just looking for a new life. Americans also are competitive which makes them leaders in business, political endeavors, wealth, and social issues. While joined with Canada and Mexico, it is still relatively set apart from the rest of the world by many miles and its expanse allows for many different types of geographical identities.

Religion is a major issue in the United States and it translates to the rest of the world in not always positive ways. While all religions are supposedly welcomed and are practiced, some are considered less favorable. This, in addition to the lackadaisical attitude toward religion by many, complicates all kinds of negotiations and representations across the globe. It is in the many diverse religions that people see Americans ...

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The following posting uses religion, nationalism/ethnicity, modernization/globalization and geography to discuss American Exceptionalism.

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