The four American narratives

America has always been a divided, sprawling country, but for most of its history it was held together by a unifying national story. As I noted a couple of months ago, it was an Exodus story. It was the story of leaving the oppressions of the Old World, venturing into a wilderness and creating a new promised land. In this story, America was the fulfillment of human history, the last best hope of earth.

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Videos

How I am going to spend my summer vacation

Friday was the last day of Beaufort County public schools. Here, kids at Bluffton's M.C. Riley Elementary School talk about the end of the school year and some of their summer plans.
Jay Karr Staff video
How I am going to spend my summer vacation 1:18

How I am going to spend my summer vacation

'I really love your sleeve': How to initiate a discussion about tattoos 0:58

'I really love your sleeve': How to initiate a discussion about tattoos

Active duty Marine on why he chose to memorialize WW I on his rib tattoo 0:54

Active duty Marine on why he chose to memorialize WW I on his rib tattoo

How to give a Gullah greeting 0:53

How to give a Gullah greeting