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"and then we shall save our country."

The Reunited States

At a time when America is ripping apart at the seams, The Reunited States is a powerful and urgent documentary that follows the unsung heroes on the difficult journey of bridging our political and racial divides.

The Reunited States, part 2: Q&A

We’re back for Q&A with the filmmaker of The Reunited States, the author of the book that inspired the film, and three other heroes featured in the film.  Watch the film here. At a time when America is ripping apart at the seams, The Reunited States is a powerful and urgent documentary that follows the unsung heroes on the difficult journey of bridging our political and racial divides.

At a time when America is ripping apart at the seams, The Reunited States is a powerful and urgent documentary that follows the unsung heroes on the difficult journey of bridging our political and racial divides. Susan Bro, who lost her daughter when a car drove through a group of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, and David and Erin Leaverton, a Republican couple who travel to all fifty states in an RV to find out what divides us, are just a few of the characters profiled in the film. Each of these bridge-builders have realized that while our divides run deeper than they ever could have imagined, so does the love and hope to bring our country back together. Based on the book of the same name (which features The Village Square) the film urges us to consider that everyone has a role to play in reuniting the country.

We’re joined by the author of the book, the filmmaker, Heather Heyer’s mother, and former Senior Field Director for Republican Senator Bob Corker for an important conversation about what citizens can do to heal the gaping divisions damaging America. Registrants will receive a link to watch the film anytime ahead of the screening. Watch the film here.

This program is made possible by generous support from Florida Humanities and in partnership with the Tallahassee Democrat.

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“And Then We Shall Save Our Country” is an excerpt from Lincoln’s annual address to Congress in 1862, when the country was in the grips of the Civil War. Here is more of the text:

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

We challenge our fellow citizens to rise with the occasion.

Mentioned in this program:

The Reunited States, documentary directed by Ben Rekhi

The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide, book by Mark Gerzon

Loving Your Country, Loving Yourself, TEDx talk by Mark Gerzon

Braver Angels – Families and Politics workshop

Heather Heyer Foundation

Bridge Alliance

Unlocking Us, podcast with Brené Brown

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Mark Gerzon | Author
The Reunited States
Ben Rekhi | Director
The Reunited States
Susan Bro | Founder, Mom
Heather Heyer Foundation
David Leaverton | Former Senate Senior Staffer
Undivided Nation
David and Erin Leaverton
Undivided Nation
Mark Gerzon
Reunited States of America
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In the words of President Abraham Lincoln: The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. Click “more” for other programs.

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