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Redeemer Nation In the InterregnumAn Untimely Meditation on the American Vocation$
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William V. Spanos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823268153

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823268153.001.0001

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American Exceptionalism in the Post–9/11 Era

American Exceptionalism in the Post–9/11 Era

The Myth and the Reality

(p.42) Chapter 2 American Exceptionalism in the Post–9/11 Era
Redeemer Nation In the Interregnum

William V. Spanos

Fordham University Press

This chapter addresses the post–9/11/01 American political class to show that, despite the disclosures of the 9/11 occasion, this American political class, Republican and Democrat, remains deeply inscribed by the exceptionalist ethos and the violence endemic to it. It undertakes a critical reading of the key speakers' speeches at both the Republican and Democratic national conventions in 2012.

Keywords:   American political class, exceptionalism, Osama bin Laden, spectacle

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