Anger, Resentment and Apple Pie: Understanding the Fourth of July in the Trump Era

Supporters of President Donald Trump sing the Star Spangled Banner at a rally, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 21, 2017 (AP photo by Charlie Neibergall).
Supporters of President Donald Trump sing the Star Spangled Banner at a rally, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 21, 2017 (AP photo by Charlie Neibergall).
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Yesterday marked the first time in more than a decade that I spent the Fourth of July in the United States. The political climate in the U.S. over the past year makes it a curious time to helicopter back in for such a charged holiday. In a country as diverse and vast as America, the symbolism of national identity, values and pride is contested in the best of times. For obvious reasons, the rise of Donald Trump and his election last year as president have exacerbated the cleavages that can make that symbolism as divisive as it is unifying. In […]

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