It’s no secret that Americans live in an age of perceived polarization. We hear updates on the news about the latest political clash, we take stances on issues and might even consume media based on those stances. To an outside observer, it might seem that Americans are always at odds with each other, barely able to agree on where to go for lunch.
Dr. Wayne Baker offers a different perspective in United America. Americans are united by Ten Core Values, values they have held for a long time, he says, and these values hold true despite differences in demographics like age, race and political leaning.
What do you think of when you think of freedom? Do you believe all people deserve respect? These might seem like obvious core values, but take a moment to consider that many of these values are so ingrained in American society that what may be obvious for one culture may not reflect similarly in another.
What do you value most in life? Do you want to accomplish things and grow, get ahead? What would you trade for assured security? If you’ve found yourself asking these questions in your daily life, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans grapple with value issues. In United America, Dr. Baker provides the answers: what millions of Americans actually think, value and prioritize in regards to their most core beliefs.
United America is suitable for any setting. Every section ends with several discussion questions, either for self-reflection or to provoke a discussion in your book club, organization, congregation or classroom.
An Accessible Read
“There are two kinds of numbers in the book,” Dr. Baker likes to say, “Page numbers and once in a while, I’ll give you some percentages.” These percentages help explain and contextualize American beliefs and attitudes. After all, we may interpret and display our values differently. Dr. Baker hands you the tools you need to understand just how many Americans agree with you on your favorite issues. United America is written for a general audience. Despite the presence of research and analysis in the book, it is not written in the academic style. Instead, Dr. Baker explains each Core America Value through a combination of history, current events and personal anecdotes.