- Jason A. Edwards & David Weiss, eds. The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism: Critical Essays (McFarland, 2011) 228 pages
- Deborah L. Madsen, American Exceptionalism (University of Mississippi Press, 1998).
- Gary B. Nash, Charlotte Crabtree, and Ross E. Dunn, History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past (Vintage Books, 1997, 2000).
Scholarly Articles: All are either available via America: History & Life –Library Database, with electronic link, or direct from the web).
- Michael Adas, “From Settler Colony to Global Hegemon: Integrating the Exceptionalist Narrative of the American Experience into World History,” The American Historical Review 106:5 (Dec 2001) 1692-1720.
- Thomas Bender, “Can National History Be De-Provincialized? U.S. History Textbook Controversies in the 1940s and 1990s,” Journal of Transnational American Studies 6:1 (2015) 25-38.
- Stephen Tuck, “The New American Histories,” The Historical Journal 48:3 (Sept 2005) 811-832.
- Frederick Jackson Turner, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” Paper read at the American Historical Association, 12 July 1893. (excerpts) Guttenburg.org.
- Stephen M. Walt, Thomas L. Friedman, & Michael Mandelbaum, “Just How Special is America Anyway? (An FP Debate),” Foreign Policy 189 (Nov 2011) 71-78.
Additional Reading for MA students:
- Michael Kammen, “The Problem of American Exceptionalism: A Reconsideration,” American Quarterly 45:1 (Mar 1993) 1-43. (43 p)
- John McCormick, “American Exceptionalism: The Implications for Europe,” Journal of Transatlantic Studies 3:2 (2005) 199-215
- Edward Countryman, “In Texas Textbooks, Moses is a Founding Father,” The Daily Beast (Sept 22, 2014). URL:
- Uri Friedman, “’American Exceptionalism’: A Short History,” Foreign Policy URL: http://foreignpolicy.com/2012/06/18/american-exceptionalism-a-short-history/ .
- Hilde Eliassen Restad, “Are We Coming to the End of ‘American Exceptionalism’?” URL: http://europe.newsweek.com/are-coming-end-american-exceptionalism-433781?rm=eu .
YouTube: lectures and documentaries
- Fluck, W. Lecture on Tocqueville, Myth-making and American Studies Today (2010). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1_d7yELRCQ
- Textbook excerpts and documents
- Apollo 13
- October Sky
- Little House on the Prairie (2 episodes -- specified)
- How the West was Won (1962)
- Lee Greenwood, “Proud to be an American” (aka “God Bless the U.S.A.”)
- “America the Beautiful”
- “God Bless America”
- “Battle Hymn of the Republic”
- “You’re a Grand Old Flag”
- “Yankee Doodle Dandy”
- Neil Diamond, “Coming to America”
- “This Land is Your Land”
- Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning”
- Darryl Worley, “Have You Forgotten?”
- Remington Art Prints https://www.google.no/search?q=remington+art+prints&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=1055&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi4hai14s_MAhUiEJoKHYTUCUYQsAQIMw
- Excerpts from Tocqueville, Democracy in America https://www.gutenberg.org/files/815/815-h/815-h.htm
- Excerpts from Crevecoeur http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/4666/pg4666-images.html
- Textbook information: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter113/index.html
Required Reference Works for Papers:
- Library Databases: America: History & Life; ERIC
Required (Pensum) Reference Works:
- Kitchen-Døderlein & Skårdal, Rules for Writing English. (compendium for ENG3501)
- A good dictionary: (For American Studies students, Webster’s New Collegiate is preferable, but others will suffice if you are unable to get Webster’s – though they are often better for British English, than American. It is often considerably cheaper to buy this on Amazon than to buy Oxford at Akademika, according to other students.)
- Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 5th edition (Bedford/St. Martins, 2006).
- James D. Lester and James D. Lester, Jr., Writing Research Papers (available in Akademika in the English section). See especially the chapter on plagiarism, which will be on Fronter.