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

ISBN: 1469660075

ISBN13: 9781469660073

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

(Part of the Littlefield History of the Civil War Era Series)

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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...

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