Our American Story

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, 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.

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Joshua Claybourn (editor)
Jim Banks
David Blight
Spencer Boyer
Eleanor Clift
John Danforth
Cody Delistraty
Richard Epstein
Nikolas Gvosdev
Cherie Harder
Jason Kuznicki
Gerard Magliocca
Markos Moulitsas
Ilya Somin
Cass Sunstein
Alan Taylor
James Wertsch
Gordon Wood
Ali Wyne