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Why Hands Across America is so Vital to Jordan Peele's Us

Hands Across America holds a special place in the annals of peculiar and quirky '80s pop-culture history. Over 30 years after the event took place, Hands Across America is now an oft-forgotten punchline—a factoid often referenced in comic fashion, if anyone happens to remember it at all. But with Jordan Peele's latest horror film Us hitting theaters this week, Hands Across America will return to the collective consciousness as it plays a small, yet vital, role in the film's premise. If you are too young to remember the event, or just need a refresher on the campaign that united Americans on a single day in 1986, here's everything you need to know about its history and how it fits into Jordan Peele's Us.

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