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Not So Exceptional After All

How America’s origin story prevents progress

“American Progress” by John Gast, 1872, from

Americans have been sold a bill of goods concerning their country’s origins. Taught that the United States is exceptional since it was founded on principles of freedom and equality, white citizens have imagined they are nobler and better than they really are since the country’s inception.




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Patsy Fergusson

Patsy Fergusson

Tree hugger. Tour guide. Top Writer. Feminist. Newly-baptized Bay swimmer. Editor of Fourth Wave.

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