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Dear Gen Z, don't give up on America just yet

Updated 6:54 AM ET, Tue June 30, 2020

This is the next installment in the "Generation Resilient" series. Katie Heintz is a first-year at Harvard College, studying government with a secondary concentration in economics. Will Matheson is a junior at Harvard College, also studying government with a secondary concentration in economics. Both are student leaders at the Institute of Politics and have served as research team leads for the Harvard Youth Poll. The views expressed in this commentary are their own. View more opinion on CNN.

(CNN)In the age of coronavirus, young Americans are increasingly fed up with their country. But it seems there is another layer to our newfound dynamic of social distancing: this generation of "Zoomers" is also feeling increasingly separated from their American identity. Where national tragedy has historically inspired heightened patriotism, it is now highlighting just how far apart many young Americans feel from the United States.

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Back in 2001, in the months following 9/11, a group of students at Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics saw a problem: many young