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United States’ myth of nationhood is all-important, but it carries a curse

  The United States needs its national myth of shared nationhood more than most countries because it’s almost the only thing that has held our rival regional cultures together. But,… Read more »

Regarding Maine on the occasion of its 200th anniversary of statehood, in the Boston Globe

  Maine turned 200 this year, but the Bicentennial celebrations were cancelled by the pandemic, with Gov. Mills spending the official birthday, March 15, advising Mainers to lockdown to prevent… Read more »

UNION named a Best Non-fiction Book of 2020 by the Christian Science Monitor

My thanks to the Christian Science Monitor‘s book reviewers for naming Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood as a Best Non-Fiction Book of 2020. The… Read more »

Speaking about Union and how the U.S. survives via Trinity Wall Street, Nov 12

Before the pandemic struck, I was looking forward to traveling to lower Manhattan this week to speak as part of Trinity Wall Street Church’s Trinity Commons series. But things are… Read more »

Talking with CBC-Nova Scotia about the 400-year backstory to the 2020 election

The rest of the world is trying to understand what’s going on with the United States and its (currently not quite resolved) election.  So I very much enjoyed sharing the… Read more »

Talking American Nations and the 2020 election with Denmark’s Zetland Magasin

The world is watching as the U.S. staggers towards the highest stakes election since the 1870s Tuesday, and some reporters have been drawn to American Nations, American Character, Union and… Read more »

Talking US national identity and Union on America’s Public Forum panel Nov 1

This coming Sunday, November 1, I’ll be joining a virtual panel to discuss “The Search for a Shared American Narrative,” which in its original 19th century guise, is the topic… Read more »

Speaking on Union (virtually) in Brunswick, Maine, Oct. 28

Tomorrow, October 28, I’ll be speaking on my new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood via the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine. Owing to the… Read more »

Talking with Discover Magazine about causes of regional personality differences

Discover Magazine reported on a recent study on the relationship between topography and personality, and reached out to me for my thoughts on the causes of observed differences between the… Read more »

Talking UNION with Heartland Politics

Had an enjoyable conversation last week with Monmouth College political scientist Robin Johnson about the story told in Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood for… Read more »