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With Donald Trump in the White House, the myth of American exceptionalism is dying

For good and ill, the US has always believed it is an exceptional nation. Not any more

By Diane Roberts   October 2017

No stopping us: American Progress by John Gast (1872). Picture: Corbis/Corbis via Getty

Every nation congratulates itself on something—its art, its food, its history, its magnificent landscapes, its strong men, its beautiful women, even its sense of irony. Here in the United States, we have always been convinced that God likes us best. Our prosperity, our technology, our military might, are not by-products of our natural resources, or of the two oceans shielding the country from invasion, but evidence of divine favour. America is the golden land where a…

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