American Exceptionalism is not an inherently partisan concept.

There is no end of statements from our most powerful leaders confirming that manifest destiny, American exceptionalism and millennial beliefs are foundations of US foreign policy. In 2003, US General Boykin, who, while in uniform, gave talks at churches around the country, declared that in his battle with a Muslim warlord in Somalia, “I knew that my God was bigger than his God. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol,” and that George Bush is “in the White House because God put him there.”18 President Obama regularly emphasizes the belief that the United States is an exceptional, God-blessed country. In a national address on Syria on September 10, 2013 for example, he said,

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The Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny, and American Exceptionalism

Myth 1 There Is Something Exceptional About American Exceptionalism

Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria, along with our leadership of a world where we seek to ensure that the worst weapons will never be used. America is not the world’s policeman… But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth. Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.[20]

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Isn't promoting American exceptionalism or the idea that the US has mostly been a force for good in the world also an agenda?

For example, the article mentions that certain school districts want their materials to "promote 'patriotism' and 'respect for authority,' and '[] not encourage or condone civil disorder.'" Isn't "promoting patriotism" also an agenda?

Williams, Robert A., Jr. The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest. Oxford University Press, 1990.

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The 1840s was a time of tremendous transformation in the US. With the opening of the Oregon Trail, the Mexican-American War, and the gold rush in California, much of the public’s attention was on western expansion. Many white Americans were eager to take more land from Native Americans, establish new territories and states, and increase their economic and political power. Popularized in 1845 by influential journalist John L. O’Sullivan, the term “Manifest Destiny” became a national rallying cry for proponents of further westward colonization. It captured and consolidated longstanding concepts from the Crusades and the Papal-sanctioned colonization process such as holy war, divine sanction, chosen people, promised land, terra nullis, and the proselytizing and conversion of heathens. As originally used in the US, Manifest Destiny was the idea that God had given the United States a mission to expand their territory throughout North America.

The issue is whether promoting American exceptionalism and patriotism should be a goal of our public education system.

The concept of American exceptionalism also has secular roots

American Exceptionalism Based on the article you read, what is American Exceptionalism? What made Americans believe in the idea of American Exceptionalism? How did American Exceptionalism aide to Manifest Destiny? Does the idea of American Exceptionalism exist today? Provide an example. Based on the article you read, what is American Exceptionalism? What made Americans believe in the idea of American Exceptionalism? How did American Exceptionalism aide to Manifest Destiny? Does the idea of American Exceptionalism exist today? Provide an example.

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Oregon Country and Manifest Destiny Make two observations about John O’ Sullivan’s idea of Manifest Destiny and the theory of American Exceptionalism.

Parts of American exceptionalism can be traced to American Puritan roots

What is American Exceptionalism

Native peoples in the Americas are still fighting to resist western colonialism and reclaim their land and sovereignty. The Doctrine of Discovery still stands in their way. And the entitlement, arrogance, and righteousness it is based on is evident in the common use of the word discovery in this colonizing sense. People discover new restaurants, bars and hotspots. They discover other people’s rituals, sacred texts or sites, music or art and then feel entitled to possess them. They discover new neighborhoods with inexpensive prices and move in. This contemporary doctrine of discovery, labeled gentrification, carries a presumption of entitlement to invasion and possession just from the fact people now recognize something they were previously unaware of. They often don’t see or are oblivious to the prior residents of a neighborhood (or they may be seen as a nuisance to avoid or get rid of just at Native Americans have been). The privacy, sovereignty and rights of the people whose space they are invading are disregarded as they appropriate land, culture or spiritual practices.