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Making Patriots.

By: Berns, Walter.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (165 p.).ISBN: 9780226044514.Subject(s): Citizenship -- United States -- History | Electronic books. -- local | Freedom of religion -- United States -- History | Patriotism -- United States -- History | Political rights -- United States -- History | Political science -- United States -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Making PatriotsDDC classification: 320.54 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Classical Patriotism, Especially the Spartan -- 2.God before Country? -- 3.Commerce and Country -- 4. Educating Young Patriots -- 5. Lincoln, Patriotism's Poet -- 6. "What Country Have I?" -- 7.The Patriot's Flag -- Epilogue -- Index of Names
Summary: Although Samuel Johnson once remarked that ""patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels,"" over the course of the history of the United States we have seen our share of heroes: patriots who have willingly put their lives at risk for this country and, especially, its principles. And this is even more remarkable given that the United States is a country founded on the principles of equality and democracy that encourage individuality and autonomy far more readily than public spiritedness and self-sacrifice. Walter Berns's Making Patriots is a pithy and provocative essay on precisely this paradox
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Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Classical Patriotism, Especially the Spartan -- 2.God before Country? -- 3.Commerce and Country -- 4. Educating Young Patriots -- 5. Lincoln, Patriotism's Poet -- 6. "What Country Have I?" -- 7.The Patriot's Flag -- Epilogue -- Index of Names

Although Samuel Johnson once remarked that ""patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels,"" over the course of the history of the United States we have seen our share of heroes: patriots who have willingly put their lives at risk for this country and, especially, its principles. And this is even more remarkable given that the United States is a country founded on the principles of equality and democracy that encourage individuality and autonomy far more readily than public spiritedness and self-sacrifice. Walter Berns's Making Patriots is a pithy and provocative essay on precisely this paradox

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Library Journal Review

American patriotism means a love of the universal, philosophical principles of human equality and the inalienable natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, upon which the United States is founded, argues Berns (emeritus, Georgetown Univ.; Taking the Constitution Seriously). Patriotism implies a willingness to sacrifice for these principles, which imbue U.S. citizenship and democracy with much resonance. To ground his argument, Berns explains conceptions of patriotism held by the ancient Greeks, Montesquieu, Rousseau, and, most importantly, Locke, and he explores the relationship of patriotism to religion, education, economic competition, free speech, and private rights. His argument shines best in Chapters 5 and 6, when discussing how Americans, led by Abraham Lincoln, the poet of patriotism, and Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist patriot, enriched patriotism by destroying slavery and expanding citizenship and democracy. Berns engages readers, especially conservatives, to think critically about patriotism's core values. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Charles L. Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State Univ., State College (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

The focus of Berns's book is that the US deserves citizens who love and honor their country and are prepared to defend it. We are citizens, the author states, not only in the formal or legal sense, but because we share a birthright inherited from our fathers, a birthright to be cared for, improved, and passed on to future generations. The author's intended audience is not academics but the general population. Berns (emer., Georgetown Univ.) traces the history of patriotism in the Western world beginning with Sparta and Greece where individuals without reservation gave obedience to the state. As we have moved to the present, this undiluted obedience has been diluted by religions and other activities. Berns sees the US as a place where one can, and should, return to this Spartan view of patriotism. The US is founded, says Berns, on this set of secular political principles, and he believes that people should continue this point of view. Recommended for advanced undergraduates and graduate collections on political and cultural ideology. P. Kriese Indiana University East

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Walter Berns is the John M. Olin University Professor Emeritus at Georgetown University and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His books include, In Defense of Liberal Democracy , The First Amendment and the Future of American Democracy , and Taking the Constitution Seriously .

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