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Is America Exceptional The concept of American exceptionalism has divergent views which are constructed by American and foreign historians alike The topic is what makes America unique from other countries What makes us as Americans precedent from other people in the world This is an issue tackled specifically by Seymour Martin Lispet and Ian Tyrell in Take Sides Lipset defends American exceptionalism while Tyrell argues with it Seymour Martin Lipset reaffirms the nation of American exceptionalism by insisting that the United States is the only nation that defines itself on the basis of an ideology Ian Tyrell argues that American exceptionalism is an artificial construct that is largely anachronistic in the modern world or internationalism and global connections After reading the two viewpoints I came to the conclusion that even though Lispet does affirm American exceptionalism so does Tyrell The two viewpoint cannot be compared in the same way but soley on the topic of exceptionalism Personally I thought that Lipsets argument way a more terse one however Tyrells argument was more practical and it was his viewpoint that I agreed with American is not exceptional Seymour Martin Lipset a professor of public policy introduced the United States as a one of a kind nation because of it origins and because statistically American is more religious optimistic patriotic rights-oriented and individualistic than other nation in the world Taking Sides 2 He claims that in order for someone to consider someplace exceptional they must travel and collect data on other cultures Those who know only one country know no country Lipset 4 Lipset uses Alexis de Toqueville a French aristocrat who has written a numerous pieces of literature defending American exceptionalism Toqueville is considered to be the father of the ideology of American exceptionalism He came to American in the 1830s to witness how exactly were Americans so successful at setting up a democracy after their revolution versus countries like France and Japan Toqueville
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