[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!]
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!
series starts Monday,
do you think? Ideas for places/ways I could share Of Thee I Sing?