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THE AMERICAN CHARACTER

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Other than territorial aggrandizement, the expansion was also aimed at bolstering the process of liberty and providing more individual economic opportunities. Progressive Imperialism: Progressive Imperialism is considered to be the principle political ideology of the United States and exists in both right wing and left wing forms. While the left wing form of progressive imperialism is best articulated by its aggressive humanitarianism approach, the right wing form contends that America as an empire is a natural thing and it should be readily embraced in addition to being aggressively advanced with the aid of ideologies and military options.

Progressive Imperialism is important as it helps to promote positive values across the world. All Progressive Imperialists are found to be united in their belief that themes found to be inherent to American Progressivism such as the overall goodness of American Values, the Universality of these values, as well as the right for all people in the world to not only attain but also implement those values through military means in foreign countries—are superior. Isolationism/Nativism: Isolationist is a term that is used to describe people that pulled away from any involvement in foreign affairs.

When applied to the United States, it describes the events that happened after WWI when the United States decided not to be involved with the League of Nations on the basis that it did want to ever be entangled in another war with the Germans. The League of Nations comprised of a group of nations that was determined to try and create world peace. Nativism is a term that is used to mean the opposite of immigration and when applied in the United States, it favors the primary race of the country (White).

Nativism was popular in the United States after WWI as most Americans did not like Germans as they were held responsible for having started the war. The five components of the American Creed, progressive imperialism, manifest destiny, economic determinism and isolationism/nativism all serve to help in describing the American Character. However isolationism/nativism is seen to conflict with the ideas represented by the American Creed as they contradict the perfect and inseparable union that is called for by the Creed. Works Cited Aker Erik. The American Character.

2007. Web. Accessed from http: //www. policytoday. com/index. php? option=com_content&task=view&id=108 Carlisle, Rodney P, and J G. Golson. Manifest Destiny and the Expansion of America.

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  • Pages: 8 (2000 words)
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