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                  Throughout history up until today,
there have been many factors that divide and unite people. Factors including
religion, ideologies, government, and culture effect how people go about their
lives and how they choose to identify. Due to this, old nations have changed. The
clash of tradition and modernity are the causes of people uniting and dividing.

         In the 1920s the United States economy was booming. This
called for social and political change amongst citizens. Some adapted, and some
were unequipped to the “urban” society. New technology including the automobile and radio expanded
the middle class and left citizens excited for the future. The government started to put more effort into the
economy. This resulted in the transition from rural to city. Many women
developed social freedoms, families moved out of traditional ways, and people
seemed to be happy and united.

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         However, issues arose between traditional and modern
citizens. The other side of the nation felt divided, it became urban versus
rural. Urban areas were producing more while the rural areas were producing
less. The urban economy was prospering and this resulted in lower crop prices.
Also, with women gaining more freedom, some opposed. This cause tension in
homes and workplaces.

         In today’s society, Brexit is a popular
discussion amongst Europeans. Britain is departing from the European Union due
to issues that the European Union has brought on. Issues include trade,
immigration, and economic regulation. Former Prime Minister, David Cameron and today’s Prime Minister, Theresa May believe the European Union is going
against Britain’s sovereignty. As a result Great
Britain will depart from the European Union on March 29, 2019.

         The departure of the U.K. from the European Union is both
positive and negative. Those who voted for Brexit believe it will make the
government and economy stronger as a result from breaking away from the
infringing bureaucracy. They also believe it will unify the U.K. and that it
will create an independent prospering nation. Those who oppose are European
Union citizens who work in Britain. The labor laws will change and this could
affect their jobs and financial status. Another reason citizens oppose the
departure is that the European Union will be smaller and with Britain being
independent, it will become a target for terrorism, increasing migration, and
disturb alliances.

         There will always be something dividing and unifying people
throughout society. The world is divided because coming together for one common
goal is nearly impossible. What makes a nation, and a nation-state is the
challenges it faces, and the decisions it makes to better themselves and the

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