This week let’s use the crowdsource to discuss Douglas Massey’s piece, “American Exceptionalism”. We will use this crowdsource as a way of making sense of his argument together.
A good place for us to start with deconstructing Massey’s argument is to figure out exactly what he thinks is so ‘exceptional’ about the United States. Point blankly, what does he mean by ‘American Exceptionalism’? From there, we can discuss why American has become so ‘exceptional’ in this regard, and if it has always been exceptional in this way, or if this is a recent development. In addition, please discuss what you find interesting, confusing intriguing or complicated about the article. What passages stand out to you as significant and why?
Remember, this is a collective/group project, so you don’t need to respond to each of the prompts listed above – together we should respond to these questions. In that regard, you should read others comments and add to the conversation (not repeat a point someone already made). This may be responding to someone’s comment, or answering/trying to answer a question posed by another student, or questioning a point made by another student.
REMINDER: You are not posting to the blog for this assignment. You will include your thoughts and responses in the comments section of this post.
Comments due by 12noon, Sunday 9/25/16
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