To what extent should we embrace the perspective of nationalism?

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The concept of nationalism should be embraced, but there are limits as to how much it should be embraced. The concept of pride in one’s country or being supportive of one’s country is essential for a country’s success. One example in American history was when the French demanded a bribe in what became known as the XYZ affair. C. C. Pinckney said, “Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.” This showed that Americans were not going to let another country push the United States government around.

During World War I and World War II, Americans showed many examples of nationalism and patriotism. The government encouraged Americans to buy "liberty" bonds to help fund the war. Americans bought billions of dollars of these "liberty" bonds (or war bonds) to help the government finance both wars. Americans were also encouraged to plant their own gardens to help ensure there would be enough food for the soldiers. Many Americans willingly showed their support for their...

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