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BC: 2012

FC: A A A, Exceptional America by Sarah Petrus

1: Table of Contents Pg 2. Definition of Exceotionalism Pg 3. Tocqueville's 5 Values Pgs 4&5. Liberty Pgs 6&7. Egalitarianism Pgs 8&9. Laissez-Faire Pgs 10&11. Individualism Pgs 12&13.Populism Pg 14. Most Prominent Value Pg 15. Are We Exceptional? Pg 16. Historical Example Pg 17. Works Cited

2: American Exceptionalism is the belief that America is distinctive from anywhere else in the world.

3: Tocqueville's 5 Values -Liberty -Egalitarianism -Laissez-Faire -Individualism -Populism

4: There's a whole lot of party going on | Liberty Liberty is to have freedom that the government cannot deny us. Our belief in liberty is what makes this country free.

5: Sherbert v. Verner (1963) In this case Adell Sherbert, a textile mill worker, was fired due to her refusal to work on Saturday (her religious holy day). In lower courts, she was denied her right to practice her religion freely. The supreme court ruled in favor of Adell and her right to refusal of work on her Sabbath day. This case shows the U.S. government upholding our rights to religious liberty.

6: Egalitarianism Egalitarianism is the belief that all of mankind is equal. No one is any better or worse than anyone else.

7: Loving v. Virginia (1967) In this case the state of Virgina made interracial marriage illegal. In the hopes of marrying in another state, Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving fled to the District of Colombia and were wed. Shortly after, they returned to Virginia. Lower courts sentenced them to jail time for violating the ban. They appealed and the Supreme Court ruled that Virginia's ban on interracial marriage unconstitutional. In this case the U.S. government upheld the value of egalitarianism in declaring this unconstitutional because racial discrimination is not egalitarian.

8: Laissez-Faire | Laissez-Faire is where people are given power, and the government cannot interfere. Our rights are not to be taken away.

9: Stars 'n' Stripes Forever | Lochner v. New York (1905) In this case, the New York Bakeshop Act prohibits bakery employees from working more than sixty hours in one week. Lochner allowed one of his bake shop employees to work more than sixty hours in one week and was fined. In his appeal, the Supreme Court found that it is not necessary and just to limit a bakers work week. This case upholds the idea of Laissez-Faire because it shows that the government cannot interfere with our rights.

10: Individualism Individualism is people favoring ones self, being self reliant and sometimes egotistical. Basically doing what is best for you.

11: Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association (2005) In this case, the California law that bans the sale of violent video games to children without parental supervision is under question. Lower courts found this law unconstitutional. The Supreme Court agreed with the lower courts that this law is unconstitutional. This judgment upholds the idea of individualism because it is up to the individual to decide what they want to view.

12: Populism Populism is doing what is best for the common people. No one person is above anyone else.

13: Engel v. Vitale (1962) This case deals with wither or not recitation of prayer should be allowed in public schools. The Supreme Court came to the decision that government directed prayer is in violation of the first amendment. This upholds the idea of populism because this decision does what is best for everyone by keeping religion and education separate so that no one is given special treatment.

14: The most prominent of Tocqueville's Values in America has to be Liberty. Liberty lies at the core of our country and is the basis of our government. Liberty was the focused idea of our founding fathers and remains to be so today.

15: Are We Exceptional? After examining these five values, I do in fact believe that America is exceptional. We are distinctive from anywhere else in the world and have these values as our back bone. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is what sets us apart.

16: The Iraq War (2003-2011) The Iraq War was triggered by the invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Some of the results of this war include the establishment of democratic elections, the formation of a new government and overthrow of the Ba'ath party. This event shows how the U.S. compares to the UK and Iraq. The U.S. and UK have similar views, governmental systems and strive for the common good. The U.S. and Iraq have had different views, but the desire for freedom in our countries are all the same.

17: Works Cited Reuters,Thomson. "Cases and Codes." FindLaw. 2012. Web. 1 October 2012.

18: Home of the free...Because of the Brave

19: There's a whole lot of party going on

20: Amazing Fun on the Fourth

21: There's a whole lot of party going on | Family, Fun, Food and Fireworks

22: Family, Fun, Food and Fireworks

23: OOOOOOooooo! Aaahhhhhh! Ohhhhhhhh!!!

24: Amazing Fun on the Fourth

26: Amazing Fun on the Fourth

27: Home of the free...Because of the Brave

28: Family, Fun, Food and Fireworks

29: Amazing Fun on the Fourth

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