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The Guise of Exceptionalism compares the historical origins of Haitian and American exceptionalisms. It also traces how exceptionalism as a narrative of uniqueness has shaped relations between the two countries from their early days of independence through the contemporary period. As a social invention, it changes over time, but always within the parameters of its original principles.
About the Author
ROBERT FATTON JR. is the Julia A. Cooper Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is the author of many books, including Haiti: Trapped in the Outer Periphery and Haiti's Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy.
“In this engaging and lucid work, Fatton brilliantly analyzes and critiques ideologies of national exceptionalism. In the process, he demonstrates the interpretive power of comparison, urging us to re-think the intertwined futures of Haiti and the U.S. by refusing myths and narratives that distort their national histories.” — Laurent Dubois
"In the era of Black Lives Matter and the mobilization of Black and Brown people to affirm their identity and belonging in America, Robert Fatton has successfully combined a transnational approach to offer the reader a new perspective on race relations, class and power in America in the twenty-first century." — François Pierre-Louis Jr.
"In this extraordinary book,Robert Fatton offers a trenchant comparative analysis of the ideology of exceptionalism as it was deployed in the United States and Haiti to extol the world-shaking revolutions that led to the first two independent nation-states in the New World, in 1776 and 1804, respectively." — New West Indian Guide