Over the past few decades, the complicated divides of geography,
class, religion, and race created deep fractures in the United
States, each side fighting to advance its own mythology and
political interests. We lack a central story, a common ground we
can celebrate and enrich with deeper meaning. Unable to agree on
first principles, we cannot agree on what it means to be American.
As we dismantle or disregard symbols and themes that previously
united us, can we replace them with stories and rites that unite
our tribes and maintain meaning in our American identity? Against
this backdrop, Our American Story features leading thinkers from
across the political spectrum—Jim Banks, Pulitzer Prize–winner
David W. Blight, Spencer P. Boyer, Eleanor Clift, John C.
Danforth, Cody Delistraty, Richard A. Epstein, Nikolas Gvosdev,
Cherie Harder, Jason Kuznicki, Gerard N. Magliocca, Markos
Moulitsas, Ilya Somin, Cass R. Sunstein, Alan Taylor, James V.
Wertsch, Gordon S. Wood, and Ali Wyne. Each draws on expertise
within their respective fields of history, law, politics, and
public policy to contribute a unique perspective about the American
story. This collection explores whether a unifying story can be
achieved and, if so, what that story could be. Purchase the