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How would you describe Josiah Strong's views? Are they nationalist, racist, or both?

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Josiah Strong falls into both the categories of racist and nationalist. He clearly felt that the Anglo-Saxon race was superior to all others and that the country's founding by Anglo-Saxons was what gave it particular strength. In Our Country, his best-selling book, Strong made the claim that the United States was destined by God to rule over other races and lands as a benevolent and Christian overseer.

This represents a blending of racism and nationalism. According to Strong and others like him, it was the United State's racial superiority that imbued it with the exceptional qualities that would place it above all other races and...

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