American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword (Hardcover)

A Double-Edged Sword

By Seymour Martin Lipset

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393037258, 352pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 1996



Born out of revolution, the United States has always considered itself an exceptional country of citizens unified by an allegiance to a common set of ideals, individualism, anti-statism, populism, and egalitarianism. This ideology, Professor Lipset observes, defines the limits of political debate in the United States and shapes our society American Exceptionalism explains why socialism has never taken hold in the United States, why Americans are resistant to absolute quotas as a way to integrate blacks and other minorities, and why American religion and foreign policy have a moralistic, crusading streak.