The origin of the first theme, later known as American Exceptionalism, was often traced to America’s Puritan heritage, particularly John Winthrop‘s famous “City upon a Hill” sermon of 1630, in which he called for the establishment of a virtuous community that would be a shining example to the Old World
You mean this John Winthrop?
Slavery already existed in the Massachusetts Bay area prior to John Winthrop’s arrival, since Samuel Maverick arrived in the area with slaves in 1624. In the aftermath of the Pequot War, many of the captured Pequots warriors were shipped to the West Indies as slaves. Winthrop kept one male and two female Pequots as slaves.
In 1641, the Massachusetts Body of Liberties was enacted, codifying rules about slavery, among many other things. Winthrop was a member of the committee which drafted the code, but his exact role is not known because records of the committee have not survived. C.S. Manegold claims that Winthrop was opposed to the Body of Liberties because he favored a common law approach to legislation, yet the fact remains that he was one of the men who drafted the legislation.
What’s so virtuous about laying claim to land that Native Americans use on a seasonal basis and then murdering and enslaving them when they aren’t interested in your property claims that make absolutely no sense to them?
One other question I have:
Americas Economic Liberal Epoch was from 1787–1913 a period of industrial progress, unprecedented growth in both population and living standards, expansion of individual liberties and social tolerance, the abolition of slavery and serfdom, a reprieve from major wars, and the waning of political authoritarianism.
Do women exist in this Classical Liberal Utopia, or are we talking about a MGTOW America? Because, you know, The Nineteenth Amendment wasn’t until 1920. Marital rape wasn’t a crime in all 50 states until 1993. Should we, perhaps, get some input from women before we return to this Golden Age?