Railton is author of six books on American identity, national narratives, and collective memory, most recently Of Thee I Sing: The Contested History of American Patriotism (2021). He writes the daily American Studier blog, contributes the bimonthly Considering History column for the Saturday Evening Post, and is a frequent public scholarly tweeter @AmericanStudier.
No Jargon Podcast
In the News
Analyzes inclusive and exclusive visions of who gets to be considered American, from the beginning of European settlement until today.
Argues that it is only through an in-depth engagement with history-especially its darkest and most agonizing elements-that one can come to a genuine form of patriotism that employs constructive criticism as a tool for civic engagement.