Nationalism In The 21st Century Essay

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At the break of the 19th century, nationalism appeared as a strong and influential movement. Nationalism was the devotion and loyalty of one to their country and “the idea that each people had its own genius and specific identity that manifested itself especially in a common language and history, and often led to the desire for an independent state” (McKay, 651). A country that exhibited this was Italy. From the 19th century to the 21st century, Italian nationalism was expressed through music and politics. The goal of nationalism was to unify a country by creating a sense of national pride and to hopefully create their own sovereign state, but moving into the 20th and 21st centuries, the goal developed into an obsession to be number one. …show more content…
Donald Trump does this by uniting all the American born citizens against illegal immigrants specifically, “about immigrants’ stealing American jobs” (Bremmer, Ian). In today’s world, nationalism is much different from what we’ve seen in the 19th century. For example, when Donald Trump used nationalism in his campaign, he was separating the two groups of people who currently occupied the United States, the immigrants and the United States born citizens. Trump altered the nationalist movement, uniting a certain group in a country rather than uniting a whole country. This led to an obsession for Trump, as he wants to build a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico so that illegal immigrants can’t sneak over the border. President Trump used nationalism in today’s political world to unite one, seperate, group against another, in hopes of becoming number one in the United States.
In the world today, I think that nationalism is a negative force because some leaders are using it to separate some groups. As previously explained, Donald Trump does this just so he can become the President of the United States and get everyone on his side just by saying people’s jobs are in danger. As I’ve seen in the United States, this act by Donald Trump has not made him a popular man by many immigrants. They are being segregated by Trump and some aren’t feeling a sense of

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