American patriotism

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The Stars and Stripes (version of 1960)

American patriotism is patriotism involving cultural attachment of Americans to the United States of America as their homeland.[1][not in citation given] Maurizio Viroli distinguishes patriotism (emphasizing ideas and values) and nationalism (commitment to nation).[2] Ralph Waldo Emerson described the United States as an "asylum of all nations".[3] Official[citation needed] American values were laid out in the Declaration of Independence that emphasized human rights, such as declaring that "all men are created equal", that people have "inalienable rights", and that people have the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".[4] American patriotism has also focused on the principles and values of the Constitution of the United States.[5]

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  1. ^ Teachout 2009, p. 230.
  2. ^ Teachout, Woden (2009). Capture the Flag: A Political History of American Patriotism. New York: Basic Books. p. 230. ISBN 9780786744763. Retrieved 2018-04-27. [...] patriotism can be viewed in terms of two basic categories. The first is a sentiment that privileges commitment to ideas and values, usually humanitarian, over commitment to nation; the second is a sentiment that seeks to promote one's nation politically, socially, or economically within the context of other nations. Maurizio Viroli's For Love of Country (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995) [...] defined these two categories as, respectively, patriotism and nationalism.
  3. ^ Michael O. Emerson, Rodney M. Woo. People of the dream: multiracial congregations in the United States. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2006. p. 176.
  4. ^ Teachout 2009, p. 5.
  5. ^ Müller, Jan-Werner (2007). Constitutional patriotism. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. p. 7. ISBN 0691118590.

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