An American Identity – Exceptionalism, Isolationism, and Expansionism


Datta, Kaufman, Koohut and Stokes, and the panelists discussing the “Legacy of the War of 1812” all suggest that there exists an American “style” of foreign policy that is deeply rooted in American identity and values. This style, and identity, is rooted in the uneasy and complicated relationship between three interconnected but competing impulses-exceptionalism, expansionism, and isolationism. What are the origins of American identity with respect to foreign policy and what are the consequences of the tension between exceptionalism, expansionism, and isolationist/unilateralist sentiment upon the way the United States acts in the world?

  • Format: MLA
  • Words: 1558
  • Pages: 6
  • References: 3
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