The Castle Lecture Series - That Is Not Who We Are! Populism and Stories of Peoplehood

Professor Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science; Associate Dean for Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

Lecture 3 -  “Who Are We Americans Now?”
President Trump has advanced an “America First” narrative of national identity and purpose that millions find compelling.  But American experience offers range of rival narratives, stressing democracy, the question for union, and the striving to secure rights for all, among others.  These provide the potential for channeling American populist grievances in directions of constructive reform.