Trump’s mob used the hot force of outrage to reveal how the United States has fractured into two nations under one, republican, roof.
The problem in America is that patriots have always had access to multiple stories of peoplehood. The birth of the Republic was itself a birthing moment for rival narratives. While the textbook version of history that’s taught to schoolchildren in the US focuses on the heavy weight of British policies and the growing sense of apartness in the colonies, what it omits is the internal divide between the secessionist cause and the other side: the loyalists. The American Revolution was, in fact, a civil war within the British Empire between and among its colonists.