How Much has America Changed?

I started reading a new book last night, and there was a passage in the prologue that really struck me. This description of America in the 1820s -1830s could describe the America of today or the last 20 years really...

 

"The America of Andrew Jackson was a country that professed a love of democracy but was willing to live with inequality, that aimed for social justice but was prone to racism and intolerance, that believed itself one nation but was narrowly divided and fought close elections, and that occasionally acted arrogantly toward other countries while craving respect from them at the same time."

 

From American Lion by John Meacham