Nationalism can help foster a sense of belonging and identity, but it has increasingly become weaponized across the globe as a dividing force. Surveying ideas contained in essential written works from the past 400 years, experts illuminate how the pursuit of liberty forged the American identity and continues to define a truer, more inspiring form of American nationalism.
Richard Brookhiser is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and the author of Give Me Liberty: A History of America’s Exceptional Idea. Akhil Reed Amar (moderator), a trustee of the New-York Historical Society, is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University.
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