[It’s been two and a half years since my book on the contested history of American patriotism was published, and let’s just say it doesn’t feel less relevant at the moment. So for this year’s July 4th series, I wanted to highlight a handful of places and ways I’ve been thinking about the book and patriotism here in 2023. Leading up to this special request for any and all further such opportunities to share the project!]
I hope this week’s series has illustrated the continuing, crucial relevance of Of Thee I Sing and the contested history of American patriotism. I’m always a big fan of talking about my projects and ideas, but in this case I genuinely believe that our future depends on these conversations, and that I have a small but real role to play in helping us have them. I’ll keep looking for such opportunities of course, but I’d really love to hear from you all with ideas as well, and I am quite literally open to everything: from the more familiar (libraries, museums, historic sites) and the educational (classes/students/institutions of all kinds) to what might seem like a longer shot but I promise is of interest as well (book/discussion groups of all types, for example). Got an idea for a place/community/conversation where we could talk about Of Thee I Sing and the contested history and contemporary relevance of American patriotism? You know what to do!
Summertime series starts Monday,
PS. What do you think? Ideas for places/ways I could share Of Thee I Sing?