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The 2020 Elections and the American Nations

The American Nations boundaries show up in just about every closely contested election, and the 2020 presidential contest was no exception. With the help of my Portland Press Herald colleague… 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 »

Fareed Zakaria recommends American Nations for today’s political moment in the US

Over at the New York Times Book Review today, Fareed Zakaria — whose ideas about illiberal democracy were very helpful in my thinking through some of the concepts in American… 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 »

Talking the Two Maines, Maine-2, and the 2020 election with CBC-New Brunswick

Not surprisingly, the outside world is paying a great deal of attention to our pending election. An additional data point: I did interviews back-to-back Monday with journalists in Denmark and… 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 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 »

Chicago Magazine, Alabama Political Reporter on American Nations; Jeff Daniels on Union

As the highest-stakes U.S. election since 1860 fast approaches, various news outlets have been using American Nations to explain how things got so bad. Most interesting for me is when they… Read more »