SEVEN—THE U.S. in the World
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Marilyn Young: I suppose the biggest mistake is the imagination that the United States was ever absent from the world-a conviction that the United States had once been isolationist and then moved out into the world. And I think that was really never the case. Th e United States has been in, of, and part of the world from the very start. It was born in empire, in fact; in rebellion against the British for sure, but with its own imperial ambitions as regards this continent. And engaged therefore in imagining and thinking about what the rest of the world was doing. So there has never been a time when the United States was absent from the world-it always been part of it, in the most fundamental ways.