"By the dawn's early light": The Flag, the Interrogative, and the Whence and Whither of Normative Patriotism

Gary M. Simpson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/2003

Issue: Icons of Culture (Vol. 23, No 3, Summer, 2003)

Francis Scott Key, Abraham Lincoln, Emma Lazarus, and Martin Luther King Jr. define a normative American patriotism that embraces self-interrogation; equality, hope, and repentance; worldwide welcome; and justice and solidarity. In the aftermath of 9/11 can such patriotism now proceed to civic internationalism or will it resort to the internationalism of empire?

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