Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date

Spring 4-21-2022


Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of


Political Science, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. Nathan Griffith

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Scholars and researchers have spent a great deal of time looking into the phenomenon of the Rally Round the Flag Effect. They have studied the different crisis that led to the effect and the actors that can hurt or help the effect. During these events there is a sense of national unity and support for the president. This effect is very important to look at during the crisis. However, it is just as equally important to look at what happens to national unity after the crisis has ended. The purpose of this research and study is to look at what happens after the crisis and rally round the flag effect to national unity in the United States. An understanding of this relationship is important because we can see if our country is better able to unite after a crisis or worse off. In this study we can also see if the president is viewed as a rallying figure after a crisis, or if he is just a rallying figure during a crisis.