Patriotism and the American Land (The New Patriotism Series, Vol. 2)

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Terrorism. Homeland Security. Patriotism. Since September 11, 2001, these terms have emerged as a fundamental part of our cultural lexicon, with their unsaid assumptions and attendant emotions being used to inspire and buttress a varied set of cultural, political, and military responses to the events of that day. What is terrorism? What is a secure homeland? Who is a patriot?

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About the Author:

Barry Lopez is the author of fourteen works of fiction and nonfiction, including Arctic Dreams, About This Life, and Light Action in the Caribbean. He is the recipient of the National Book Award, the John Hay Award, Guggenheim and Lannan fellowships, and other honors. He lives and works in Oregon.

Richard Nelson is a nature writer and cultural anthropologist whose work explores the relationship between people and the environment. His books include Make Prayers to the Raven, Shadow of the Hunter, Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in America, and The Island Within. He is also a conservation activist and public wildlands advocate, working for protection of old-growth rainforest in the Tongass National Forest.

Terry Tempest Williams lives in Utah. Her books include Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; Desert Quartet; Leap; and most recently, Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Fellowship in creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New York Times, Orion, Parabola, and The Best American Essays.

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Chief Joseph, leader of the Nez Perce Indians, expressed it in the following words: "The earth and myself are of one mind. The measure of the land and the measure of our bodies are the same." Sentiments like these, offered in many native voices over many generations, should be recognized as the bedrock of American patriotism and the foundation for a human commitment to stand in defense of the earth.
–"Patriots for the American Land" by Richard Nelson

Historically, tyrants have sought selectively to eliminate firsthand knowledge when its sources lay outside their control. By silencing those with problematic firsthand experiences, they reduced the number of potential contradictions in their political and social designs, and so they felt safer.
–"The Naturalist" by Barry Lopez

Do we have the moral courage to step forward and openly question every law, person, and practice that denies justice toward nature?

Do we have the strength and will to continue in this American tradition of bearing witness to beauty and terror which is its own form of advocacy?

And do we have the imagination to rediscover an authentic patriotism that inspires empathy and reflection over pride and nationalism?
–"One Patriot" by Terry Tempest Williams

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