DBF 2019: Nichole R. Phillips: “Patriotism Black and White: The Color of American Exceptionalism”

Nichole R. Phillips was interviewed by Richard L. Eldredge about her book “Patriotism Black and White: The Color of American Exceptionalism” at the 2019 Decatur Book Festival. The event took place on September 1, 2019, at the Marriott Conference Center.…

DBF 2019: Nichole R. Phillips: “Patriotism Black and White: The Color of American Exceptionalism”

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Nichole R. Phillips was interviewed by Richard L. Eldredge about her book “Patriotism Black and White: The Color of American Exceptionalism” at the 2019 Decatur Book Festival. The event took place on September 1, 2019, at the Marriott Conference Center.

Nichole R. Phillips, associate professor in the practice of sociology of religion and culture and director of Black Church Studies at Candler School of Theology, is the author of “Patriotism Black and White: The Color of American Exceptionalism.” In it, Phillips investigates the relationship between patriotism and civil religion in a politically populist community of black and white evangelicals in rural Tennessee. By measuring the effort to remember those who gave their lives for our country, Phillips’ four-year study outlined in the bookshows that racial identity led to differing responses to the War on Terror and the Obama administration, and thus to a crisis in American national identity, opening the door to new nativistic and triumphalist interpretations of American exceptionalism.

Richard L. Eldredge is the founder of EldredgeATL, a daily digital magazine covering Atlanta’s arts, entertainment, cuisine and cultural landscapes.

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