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American CredoThe Place of Ideas in US Politics$
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Michael Foley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232673

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232673.001.0001

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(p.362) 15 Nationalism
American Credo

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This chapter examines American nationalism. American nationalism is widely reputed not only to be based upon values but to be primarily understood and expressed in terms of these characterizing principles. The ideas in questions are those core values associated with the United States — liberty, democracy, rule of law, individual rights, progress, equality, and property. In one respect, America's tradition of ‘open nationalism’ provides a satisfactory account of the country's social cohesion and ideological unity. Under these ecumenical auspices, nationalism can offer a plausible explanation of how America's disparate values have been reconciled into an amalgam capable of providing both the focal point and the unifying medium for a vast immigrant culture.

Keywords:   liberal nationalism, conservative nationalism, open nationalism, American society, national identity

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