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From the return of “love it or leave it” and renewed attention to Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protests to debates over the New York Times’ 1619 Project, 2019 has seen a number of prominent discussions center around critiques of America. But these are simply the latest salvos in a foundational and ongoing contest between celebratory and critical patriotisms. Examining these competing forms of patriotism helps us better understand and take part in current debates.
INSTRUCTOR: Benjamin Railton is a Professor of English and American Studies at Fitchburg State University. He is author of five books, most recently We the People: The 500 Year Battle over Who is American (2019). 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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