I do not know what has replaced them.
One quality of national mythologies tends to be pastness. These stories almost always involve some key moment in the nation's history. But I do not know what moments in American history attract the collective imagination of the 18-24 population. When I think of what stories these young people might hear and tell obsessively, the way I dreamed of being Davy Crockett -- I come up blank.
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