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    Lightbulb American Exceptionalism Reconsidered: Anglo-Saxon Ethnogenesis in 'Universal' Nation

    American Exceptionalism Reconsidered: Anglo-Saxon Ethnogenesis in the 'Universal' Nation, 1776-1850

    By Eric Kaufmann, European Institute, The London School of Economics and Political Science


    The history of nativism in the United States has received considerable scholarly attention, yet the few systematic attempts to explain it have focused predominantly on psychological or economic causes. This paper asserts that such explanations fail to address the crucial cultural dimension of the nativism issue, which must be analyzed through the prism of historical sociology. Specifically, this paper argues that American nativism cannot be understood without reference to an 'American' national ethnic group whose myth-symbol complex had developed prior to the large-scale immigration of the mid-nineteenth century. Without understanding this social construction, it is difficult to explain subsequent attempts to defend it. This paper, therefore, does not seek to retrace the history of American nativism. Instead, it focuses on the period prior to 1850, when American nativism was in its infancy. It examines the development of an Anglo- American ethnicity during 1776-1850 and attempts to delineate its structure. Tis 'American' complex of myths and symbols, with its attendant set of lifestyle images and narratives, is shown to conform to more general models recently presented by theorists of ethnicity and nationalism. Finally, it is argued that American nativism may have exhibited a very different pattern if an 'American' national ethnicity had not taken root.
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    Re: American Exceptionalism Reconsidered: Anglo-Saxon Ethnogenesis in 'Universal' Nation

    That's an interesting and well-written article.
    The core values of the USA, and the American core identity are based upon the founding tribe; i.e. Northern Europeans

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    Re: American Exceptionalism Reconsidered: Anglo-Saxon Ethnogenesis in 'Universal' Nat

    Quote Originally Posted by euroamerican
    That's an interesting and well-written article.
    The core values of the USA, and the American core identity are based upon the founding tribe; i.e. Northern Europeans
    I think you mean to say "Anglo-Saxons."

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    Re: American Exceptionalism Reconsidered: Anglo-Saxon Ethnogenesis in 'Universal' Nat

    The links aren't working any more. Anybody have it on their hard drive or know where to get it from on the net?

    EDIT
    Sorry! A few seconds' search gave this;
    http://www.bbk.ac.uk/polsoc/staff/ac...ican%20case%22

    and html;
    http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache...&client=safari

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    If you read the writings of the Founders, early citizenship laws of the Republic, you'd find they saw the U.S.A. as comprising both an 'Anglo-Saxon' ethnic and civic nation based on the traditions inherited from our English ancestors and heritage. Look at Jefferson's comments on the Anglo-Saxon heritage of Americans in particular.
    In no fashion did they ever conceive this country as being a haven for third-world alien refuse, a multi-racial and cultural mess that the 'cultural Marxists"/globalist elite have largely suceeded in imposing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appalachian View Post
    I think you mean to say "Anglo-Saxons."
    Anglo-Saxons are northern europeans.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Oski View Post
    Anglo-Saxons are northern europeans.

    I think he was pointing out that Anglo people were the founders of America. There were other NW European ethnic groups but America was for the most part pred. Anglo ethnically and culturally when it was created.
    “Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people, a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs-Jon Jay, Federalist Papers

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