American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror

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Did the U.S. really “save the world” in World War II? Should black athletes stop protesting and show more gratitude for what America has done for them? Are wars fought to spread freedom and democracy? Or is this all fake news?

American Exceptionalism and American Innocence examines the stories we’re told that lead us to think that the U.S. is a force for good in the world, regardless of slavery, the genocide of indigenous people, and the more than a century’s worth of imperialist war that the U.S. has wrought on the planet.

Sirvent and Haiphong detail just what Captain America’s shield tells us about the pretensions of U.S. foreign policy, how Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates engage in humanitarian imperialism, and why the Broadway musical Hamilton is a monument to white supremacy.
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Roberto Sirvent, Ph. D., J.D., is a Professor of Political and Social Ethics at Hope International University in Fullerton, California.

Danny Haiphong is an activist and a regular contributor to The Black Agenda Report.
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Simon and Schuster
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Apr 2, 2019
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256
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9781510742376
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English
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History / United States / 19th Century
History / United States / 20th Century
History / United States / General
Political Science / American Government / Executive Branch
Political Science / American Government / General
Political Science / American Government / Judicial Branch
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Democracy
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Nationalism & Patriotism
Political Science / Political Process / Campaigns & Elections
Political Science / Political Process / Media & Internet
Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy
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