Bringing America Back Together Again

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Published at : 09 Dec 2020
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America today—deeply polarized with accelerating inequality, vitriolic public discourse, a fraying social fabric and public and private narcissism—is seemingly more divided than ever before. But what Americans fail to realize is that we've been here before. During the late 1800s, America was deeply fragmented, just as it is today. But as we entered the 20th Century, America became more egalitarian, cooperative and generous; a society on the upswing. We became more focused on our collective society and less focused on self-interest. However, we've found ourselves reversing these trends starting in the 1960's, leading us to today's disarray.

Authors of The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again, Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett, will join World Affairs for a conversation on how America has gone from an individualistic "I" to a "We" society, and back again. Can Americans come back together to form a more communitarian society? What would that look like and how can we get there? Can the new Biden administration facilitate this process?

To learn more, you can purchase The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again by Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett, with BooksInc for free shipping and to support your local, independent book store!

SPEAKERS
Robert Putnam
Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Shaylyn Romney Garrett
Writer and Social Entrepreneur

MODERATOR
Philip Yun
President & CEO, World Affairs

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