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The American Story

By Christopher Flannery

Every generation of Americans has been faced with the same question: how should we live? Our endlessly interesting answers have created The American Story. The weekly episodes published here stretch from battlefields and patriot graves to back roads, school yards, bar stools, city halls, blues joints, summer afternoons, old neighborhoods, ball parks, and deserted beaches—everywhere you find Americans being and becoming American. They are true stories about what it is that makes America beautiful, what it is that makes America good and therefore worthy of love. Each episode aims in some small way to awaken the better angels of our nature, to welcome us into and encourage us to enrich the great American story.

  1. 1.
    Proclamation: American New Year 186301/12/2021
    8:06
  2. 2.
    Silver Markers on a Pew: American New Year 194201/05/2021
    7:15
  3. 3.
    The Fate of Liberty: American New Year 177712/29/2020
    6:18
  4. 4.
    Victory or Death: American Christmas 177612/22/2020
    8:44
  5. 5.
    John Wayne12/15/2020
    7:23
  6. 6.
    War and Peace12/08/2020
    6:51
  7. 7.
    Relics and Reverence12/01/2020
    6:24
  8. 8.
    To Give or Not To Give . . . Thanks11/24/2020
    6:18
  1. 9.
    Thank God for being an American11/17/2020
    6:48
  2. 10.
    For the Troops11/10/2020
    8:51
  3. 11.
    Bullets for Ballots: 1860 (3 of 3)11/02/2020
    7:14
  4. 12.
    Ballots for Bullets: 1800 (2 of 3)10/27/2020
    7:23
  5. 13.
    Bullets and Ballots: 177610/20/2020
    6:05
  6. 14.
    One for the Road10/13/2020
    6:05
  7. 15.
    Like a Soldier10/06/2020
    6:48
  8. 16.
    First Man of the Universe09/29/2020
    6:45
  9. 17.
    Catching Excellence09/22/2020
    6:41
  10. 18.
    Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver09/15/2020
    6:42
  11. 19.
    The Real American Revolution09/08/2020
    6:56
  12. 20.
    Ninety Percent Mental09/01/2020
    6:56
  13. 21.
    As Time Goes By08/25/2020
    7:29
  14. 22.
    The Course of Human Events08/18/2020
    6:37
  15. 23.
    Known but to God08/11/2020
    6:28
  16. 24.
    Gettysburg08/04/2020
    6:21
  17. 25.
    This Was a Man07/28/2020
    6:33
  18. 26.
    Man’s Best Friend07/21/2020
    7:10
  19. 27.
    Dedication07/14/2020
    6:23
  20. 28.
    Pony Express to GPS07/07/2020
    7:09
  21. 29.
    Independence Forever!06/30/2020
    6:15
  22. 30.
    An Ace You Can Keep06/23/2020
    6:17
  23. 31.
    American Names06/16/2020
    8:18
  24. 32.
    The Club06/09/2020
    9:09
  25. 33.
    How Sleep the Brave06/02/2020
    6:29
  26. 34.
    Hallowed Ground05/25/2020
    7:12
  27. 35.
    Last Hand05/19/2020
    8:26
  28. 36.
    “Make Cakes!”05/12/2020
    7:48
  29. 37.
    Fingertip Memories05/05/2020
    7:43
  30. 38.
    The Man of Steel04/28/2020
    7:18
  31. 39.
    Our Greatest Poet04/15/2020
    6:03
  32. 40.
    Number 4204/14/2020
    6:46
  33. 41.
    El Pueblo y el Hombre04/07/2020
    6:45
  34. 42.
    Of Birds and Potatoes03/31/2020
    6:19
  35. 43.
    Michael Patrick Murphy03/24/2020
    7:00
  36. 44.
    On the Way to BB’s03/17/2020
    6:35
  37. 45.
    Standin’ on a Corner03/10/2020
    6:37
  38. 46.
    Bravest of the Brave03/03/2020
    6:02
  39. 47.
    Charlie Brown02/25/2020
    8:09
  40. 48.
    Beautiful Goodness02/18/2020
    8:09
  41. 49.
    Skunk Works02/11/2020
    7:39
  42. 50.
    The Great Houdini02/04/2020
    7:30
  43. 51.
    Call Me Sam01/28/2020
    7:04
  44. 52.
    One More for Chesty01/21/2020
    7:13
  45. 53.
    The American Dream01/14/2020
    6:23
  46. 54.
    Just Kit Carson01/07/2020
    7:34
  47. 55.
    Freedom of the Mind12/31/2019
    4:27
  48. 56.
    The Art of Teaching12/31/2019
    6:45
  49. 57.
    Totus Porcus12/24/2019
    4:42
  50. 58.
    A Little Academe12/24/2019
    8:15
  51. 59.
    Of Oranges and Shakespearean Dreams12/24/2019
    5:41
  52. 60.
    The Crisis of Man12/24/2019
    7:08
  53. 61.
    Born American12/24/2019
    4:25
  54. 62.
    All of You on the Good Earth12/17/2019
    8:29
  55. 63.
    Go West!12/10/2019
    7:44
  56. 64.
    Simple Truth12/03/2019
    7:32
  57. 65.
    Teddy Ballgame11/26/2019
    6:13
  58. 66.
    An Evening on the Benjamin Franklin11/19/2019
    7:02
  59. 67.
    Friends11/12/2019
    6:02
  60. 68.
    Daring Young Men in Their Flying Machines11/05/2019
    8:08
  61. 69.
    The Greatness of Washington10/29/2019
    5:16
  62. 70.
    One Iron10/22/2019
    8:21
  63. 71.
    The Great Author of America10/15/2019
    6:33
  64. 72.
    We Are All Americans10/08/2019
    6:24
  65. 73.
    Broomsticks at Happy Time10/01/2019
    6:12
  66. 74.
    What's Love Got to Do with It?09/24/2019
    4:50
  67. 75.
    O Captain, My Captain!09/16/2019
    7:01
  68. 76.
    Independence Forever!09/16/2019
    6:08
  69. 77.
    Number 4209/16/2019
    6:08
  70. 78.
    The Great Depression and the Cowboy Philosopher09/16/2019
    7:30
  71. 79.
    America the Beautiful09/13/2019
    7:49

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