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Composite Nation: Can America Find a Unifying Historical Narrative Rooted in Progress?

Americans’ sense of hope or faith that tomorrow will be better than today has always depended upon not only when one lives, but also who one is. David Blight considers the ebb and flow of optimism throughout American history in light of this fact.

Recorded at the Vermont Humanities Council’s Fall Conference 2018: “The Ebb and Flow of Optimism through American History.”


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