Living poor and white in the USA

By Story of America Team
On the day before Thanksgiving in 1996 while walking home from school, my then 7-year-old daughter was stopped by a 31-year-old man. He opened the car door and forcibly pulled the child inside. He kidnapped her. This was near three in the afternoon. As he sped off, my oldest daughter ran home

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Replying to my pro-gun friends

By Story of America Team
Dear friends who can’t tolerate anyone bringing up gun control: You’re not going to intimidate me with your !!!!s, ????s, WORDS IN ALL CAPS, namecalling, and threats to unfriend. I am going to speak my mind regardless of your protestations. I just wish you loved the First Amendment

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Are we so divided?

By Story of America Team
The 2012 US election will be remembered as one of the polarized in modern times. The rhetoric was fiery and the emotions were high, but just how divided are we really? Listen to some of Virginia voters we met the day before the election at the Romney rally held at George

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This isn’t the 1950s anymore

By Story of America Team
I’m Pat Hall, I’m 66 years old, retired and very busy. My husband is a retired Vietnam Vet. We’ve been married for 24 years and have a blended family, three daughters, one son, and 12.8 grandchildren. We share similar views, definitely don’t always agree on issues and love to debate. I think I

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My American dream is American unity

By Story of America Team
I just launched a crowd-funding campaign for my new project Story of America: A Nation Divided. Our goal is to raise a thousand dollars per day for 60 days.  I have great faith in the power of storytelling and dialogue. They offer opportunities to understand one another, heal wounds and create

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One nation undivided

By Story of America Team
“History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.” –JFK      It is the year 1990. I am living in a small town called Indiantown, Florida. A son born to immigrants who came to the US from […]

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We the People are united by a DREAM

By Story of America Team
This country was built on a DREAM: a dream of freedom, of opportunity, the belief that if you put in the hard work you could become anything you wanted to be, that you could achieve anything. It was that dream that inspired waves of migration and brought so many to build railroads and work the

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The duality of being an African American

By Story of America Team
To be an African American in the United States of America today is a duality that’s fulfilling, enjoyable, painful, and infuriating at various points in one’s life and, at times, simultaneously. The fulfilling part of being Black and an American is realizing that this is the greatest country in

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