National Identity and American Civil Religion

Walter A. McDougall talked about how past U.S. presidents have used speeches to formulate a national identity based on what he calls “civil religion.”… read more

Walter A. McDougall talked about how past U.S. presidents have used speeches to formulate a national identity based on what he calls “civil religion.” He explained that national symbols and ideas, such as the Declaration of Independence or the bald eagle have taken on the roles of quasi-religious symbols in the United States. The talk was based on Mr. McDougall’s book, The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest. close

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National Identity and American Civil Religion

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Program ID:
424928-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 08, 2017 | 2:29pm EDT | C-SPAN 3

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  • Apr 08, 2017 | 2:29pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
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