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Norton's Claims About The Nature Of American Exceptionalism

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Both Alfred Bester and Andre Norton make impassioned claims about the nature of American Exceptionalism, but these claims are very hard to assess objectively. Clearly the excerpt from Bester’s book comes from the Introduction, just as the excerpt from Norton’s article comes from the Conclusion. In both cases we are presented with general statements and are left to wonder if the evidence presented in the body of each work actually supports the claims being asserted.1 To summarize, Bester cites Seymour Martin Lipset and Frederick Jackson Turner as the authorities for his view of American Exceptionalism as something "very real."2 He asserts that when considered together, Lipset’s arguments concerning the future-oriented and principled qualities
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