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A Contest of Civilizations: Exposing the Crisis of American Exceptionalism in the Civil War Era

Andrew F. Lang

Abstract

Most mid-nineteenth-century Americans regarded the United States as an exceptional democratic republic that stood apart from a world seemingly riddled with revolutionary turmoil and aristocratic consolidation. Viewing themselves as distinct from and even superior to other societies, Americans considered their nation an unprecedented experiment in political moderation and constitutional democracy. But as abolitionism in England, economic unrest in Europe, and upheaval in the Caribbean and Latin America began to influence domestic affairs, the foundational ideas of national identity also faced n ... More

Keywords: American exceptionalism, Union, Enslavement, Revolutions, National identity, Democracy, Crisis, Civil War era, Nationhood, World

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781469660073
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469660073.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew F. Lang, author
Mississippi State University