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

These Whale Branch seniors just graduated, but now what?

Several graduating seniors from Whale Branch Early College High School talk about what they are most looking forward to after high school before their commencement ceremony on Friday in Seabrook.
Delayna Earley Staff video
These Whale Branch seniors just graduated, but now what? 0:45

These Whale Branch seniors just graduated, but now what?

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