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American exceptionalism/Definition

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A definition or brief description of American exceptionalism.

An assumption that the United States, as opposed to the majority of nations, was created based on shared ideology rather than shared history, described by G.K. Chesterton as "set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence", and described by Seymour Martin Lipset as based on liberty,egalitarianism, individualism, populism, and laissez-faire