One Interesting American Thing per Day

Ben Railton

Ben Railton
Needham, Massachusetts, US
August 15
Associate Professor
Fitchburg State University
One interesting American thing per day, from a professor of American literature, culture, history, and Studies. Check out for more!

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Editor’s Pick
MAY 29, 2012 1:53PM

May 29, 2012: Remembering Pat Tillman

[The next post in the Memorial Day-inspired series, on a much more contemporary and controversial American soldier. Plenty of room in the series for your suggestions, and/or guest posts!]

Why we must remember the contradictions at the heart of the identity and story of perhaps our most famous contempRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 6:48AM

September 2, 2011: Not Tortured Enough

In the bridge of Bruce Springsteen’s “Long Walk Home” (2007), a beautiful if bleak assessment of American identity at the end of the Bush era, the speaker remembers what his father used to tell him about their home town and nation, an idealistic perspective that culminates in the li… Read full post »