Source: The Atlantic
Garry Wills, journalist and historian, recounts the events surrounding the Gettysburg Address and argues that Lincoln’s words changed the way Americans viewed country’s founding documents.
Source: Scientific American
The cultural differences between regions in the United States are as pronounced as the geographical ones. But how can we explain and describe the differences in attitudes, customs, and behaviors between states? This article describes one potential framework.
Source: NBC News
In this how-to column, the writer recommends connecting over small things before initiating deeper conversations.
Philosophy professor Kimberly Brownlee agrues that romanticized loners usually had some social grounding and that socializtion is needed in order to succeed.
A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is currently touring the country. Learn about its original design and intent.
Journalist and author Alex Wagner talks about her memoir, Futureface, which examines multiple identities and inconsistencies in family stories in order to find out where she belongs.
Source: Psychology Today
Psychologist Kathy Cramer offers advice on how to have a conversation with someone who has a differing viewpoint.
Source: USA Today
As many athletes and fans know, sports can unify people who don’t have much in common otherwise. This article explains how Nelson Mandela used rugby and other sports to help unify the people of South Africa after years of racial segregation.
Source: The New York Times
An opinion columnist gives his take on how finding common ground will help the United States move forward, together.
Source: Big Think
Music may bring people together, but how they experience it is individual. Watch the video for an explanation of how our cultural backgrounds influence the emotions music makes us feel.
Source: Business Insider
If it sometimes seems like Americans will never agree with each other, think again. Here’s a look at some surprising poll results.
An airline recently tackled Americans’ polarization head-on by challenging passengers to come to a unanimous agreement before their plane touched down.
Source: Voice of America
Learn about the traditions shared by the many different nations and tribes of modern Native Americans.
The World Orchestra for Peace brings together the best musicians from around the world to play in the spirit of peace and unity, even if that means the musicians are from warring countries. Learn about this remarkable group, and watch a video of its performance in Jerusalem.
Source: The Conversation
Although some people may view the homeless as very different from themselves, we all find ways to make a place for ourselves in the world.
Source: National Football League
Football is promoted with taglines about “battles,” but a recent advertisement focuses instead on unity, regardless of which uniform a player wears.
Source: Scientific American
Stress can put people’s nerves on edge, but it can also cause them to be kinder and more compassionate toward others.
Source: U.S. Army
Read about why understanding and showing respect for local culture is especially important in a war zone.
Source: Times of San Diego
However politically polarized we may sometimes seem, it is possible to find common ground.
Source: The Wall USA
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is a powerful reminder of the toll of war. Learn about the Wall, the service members whose names are listed there, and other tributes at this website maintained by Vietnam war veterans.