About the 1980 Election: Did the Hostage Issue Turn the Election? And Walt Whitman and “The United States is and are.”

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More from Rick Perlstein about the 1980 election; did the hostage issue really have the impact that most think it did (including Bruce, up until hearing this).  Also Walt Whitman and his use of The United States ‘are’ and the United States ‘is.’  Whatever Ken Burn’s Civil War series and other sources may say, the use of ‘The United States Is’ was there before the Civil War, and Whitman uses both in different contexts.  Plus Washington and the Flu.