Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
That Is Not Who We Are!Populism and Peoplehood$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Rogers M. Smith

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300229394

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300229394.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 02 July 2022

Who Are We Americans Now?

Who Are We Americans Now?

(p.89) 3 Who Are We Americans Now?
That Is Not Who We Are!

Rogers M. Smith

Yale University Press

Donald Trump’s “America First” vision calls for total loyalty to the United States. It resonates with millions, but it does not convey respect or a spirit of accommodation toward many of the diverse communities that constitute America. Its intolerance must be combated by better, inclusive stories. Candidates include John Dewey’s view of America as a democratic project; Barack Obama’s story of America as a constitutional project of achieving greater unity without effacing diversity; and Abraham Lincoln’s vision of America as a project of pursuing the enjoyment of the basic rights in the Declaration of Independence for all people, of all colors, everywhere. No single story is perfect. Americans need to build coalitions among proponents of different inclusive stories to win power and guide desirable policies.

Keywords:   Donald Trump, America First, Democracy, John Dewey, E Pluribus Unum, Barack Obama, Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.