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Throughout American history inspiring figures have offered alternative visions of our national identity and community. In this course we will study a handful of such critical patriots, discussing their lives and identities, voices and texts, and historical moments and contexts. Topics will include critical patriotism of Native Americans, women, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans.
GROUP LEADER: Benjamin Railton is a Professor of English and American Studies at Fitchburg State University. He is author of four books, most recently History and Hope in American Literature: Models of Critical Patriotism, 2016. He also maintains the daily American Studies blog, contributes public American Studies scholarship to many other sites including Huffington Post, and is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.
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