© 1997

American Exceptionalism?

US Working-Class Formation in an International Context

  • Rick Halpern
  • Jonathan Morris

About this book


The idea that American historical development is different from that of other nations is an old one, yet it shows no sign of losing its emotive power. 'Exceptionalism' continues to excite, beguile, and frustrate students of the American past. The essays in this volume explore the ways in which the process of class formation in the United States can be said to be distinctive. Focusing upon the impact of liberal political thought, race and immigration, and the role of the war-time state, they challenge particularist and nation-centred modes of explanation. Comparing American historical development with Italian, South African, and Australian examples, the essays reinvigorate a tired debate.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rick Halpern
    • 1
  • Jonathan Morris
    • 1
  1. 1.University College LondonUK

About the editors

RICK HALPERN is Bissell-Heyd-Associates Chair of American Studies and Professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto, Canada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title American Exceptionalism?
  • Book Subtitle US Working-Class Formation in an International Context
  • Editors Rick Halpern
    Jonathan Morris
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1997
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-62810-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-25586-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-25584-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 325
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of the Americas
    Social History
    Sociology, general
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