In 2019, the New York Times came out with a multi-part essay series by different writers called the 1619 Project. The gist of it was that there is no “American Exceptionalism,” because every aspect of what makes America exceptional involved slavery. Except this is grossly wrong at almost every point. Learn from Professor Larry's "1620 Default Series"
Earlier this year, the New York Times came out with a multi-part essay series by different writers called the 1619 Project. The gist of it was that there is no “American Exceptionalism,” because every aspect of what makes America exceptional involved slavery. Except this is grossly wrong at almost every point.
Recently the New York Times began a series called the “1619 Project” attempting to show that virtually all of American exceptionalism was grounded in slavery. Poppycock. (And I’m being very clean with my real reaction!)
Although Jamestown had elements of free enterprise after the colony made a change, and while it had elements of common law after the creation of the House of Burgesses, Jamestown was lacking a key “Pillar” of American exceptionalism. Indeed, this was the first and most important pillar of American exceptionalism, a Christian, mostly Protestant religious foundation.
We have seen that although Jamestown was the first successful British colony in North America, it did not really contain the elements of American exceptionalism, for it was not primarly founded with a Christian and Protestant religious focus (instead it was founded with an economic focus); and while it did have elements of common law, it took the colony until 1619 to formally put these elements in place
We have seen three of the “Pillars of Exceptionalism” in action, two of them coming with the Pilgrims and the third arriving even earlier with Jamestown (private property with written titles and deeds). The fourth pillar, while practiced essentially on a low-level basis in all the colonies, was not formally ensconced in the United States until after the Revolution, and that would be “free enterprise” or simply “capitalism.”
Did you ever wonder why the United States came to be the dominant global superpower, really, by 1989? This was a mere 382 years since the Jamestown colony, and only 213 years since the American Revolution kicked off. By comparison, Russia has been building itself since the 800s; China’s dynasties started as early as 2100 B.C. America is a baby standing next to these empires.