Episode 2: United States of America – America the Coherent

Morale, success, and triumph. This is the story of pulled-up-by-the-bootstraps America, a nation with many formally distinct subsets. So why does everyone tell the same narrative?


Signers of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
Anda, Izzy, and Marlette come from different places across the United States, with different regulations and rules, and yet they are all told relatively the same story.
William Tyler Page and his American’s Creed.
Lyndon B. Johnson is real happy about his Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the limiting of the federal government in education.

The United States National Anthem: “Star-Spangled Banner”



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Kertscher, Tom. “Fact-Check: They Signed the Declaration of Independence – but Nearly Three-Quarters Also Owned Slaves.” Chicago Sun-Times, September 10, 2019. https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/9/10/20859458/fact-check-declaration-independence-slaves-trumbull-painting-arlen-parsa

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Music and Videos

CNN. “Trump’s July 4th speech heavy on history and military praise.” YouTube video, 10:30. Jul 4, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhr4DyUXxk0

PeriscopeFilm. “Crusaders of the Sky – World War I 22660.” YouTube video, 10:02. Aug 9, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4UU2mECcJM&list=PLqqqqZrD37h52u18MJYiSZWCCCyAg9vLH&index=2

PeriscopeFilm. “SERVICE WITH THE COLORS – 1940 U.S. Army Recruiting Film 2649.” YouTube video, 20:38. Nov 2, 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErGPOGRBT-c&feature=youtu.be&t=40

Smooth Sounds. “[Electro Swing] Wat Dat Dee [No Copyright Music].” YouTube video, 3:20. May 27, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIpvosIjsl4&index=60&list=PLlAcN6CqhHBQJ6loV0WTixw1KoJKM5_mS.

SullenToys.com. “Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream Speech – August 28, 1963.” YouTube video, 17:28. Jan 20, 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs&feature=youtu.be&t=144

TheSpearshaker1776. “American Revolutionary War Ballad: Free America.” YouTube video, 2:22. Feb 20, 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Q5ZwBgGaA&feature=youtu.be&t=19. TheLBJLibrary. “Signing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 4/11/65.” YouTube video, 6:46. Aug 30, 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Q5ZwBgGaA&feature=youtu.be&t=19.

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