David Sweeney: Shared History as a Unifying Tool for America’s Political Polarization
David: Honored to be here, Spiffy, thanks for the invite! The White House Historical Association has decided to make civics and history education a top priority. The White House, as an institution, is a unifying symbol for the American people and the Association is well-positioned to address the division and polarization that we witness in America. Telling the history of the White House reminds all Americans of our shared identity and establishes community through patriotism. Additionally, civics education helps people understand our institutions and their role in a democracy. An understanding of the civic and political processes strengthens them by creating trust and encouraging participation.