Winthrop’s “city upon a hill” displays the belief he had in American exceptionalism. “A city upon a hill” represents this ideal that everyone must work together to influence change in order to make something, in this case, the U.S. exceptional. This belief still holds a similar meaning today, which is why Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama used it in a way to encapsulate how the U.S. represents freedom and opportunity for so many people.
The idea of an actual city upon a hill is a vision where everyone must unite together, without this, there would be no sense of community. It would be difficult for one person to change something for a whole group of people, which is why Winthrop emphasized the necessity of working together. Although when Winthrop said this he was not saying it with the U.S. in mind, it can still fit in today. With Donald Trump as the new president, it is important for this country to remain united. Equality and freedom are what makes the U.S the country it is, as what Reagan and Obama emphasized in their speeches.