The [New] New Patriotism

Non-Fiction - Social Issues
226 Pages
Reviewed on 11/17/2020
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Author Biography

Jennifer Blackburn was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ, and earned her English and Writing degree from Ithaca College in New York State. Jennifer spent time studying abroad in 1980s London, England, where she fell in love with history and art.
A life-long learner and information junkie, Jennifer continued to hone her writing skills while raising children as a single mom and shifting career direction to work for a Fortune Eight company as a mid-level manager. Jennifer and her husband Jeff live in Richmond, VA, and Sarasota, FL. They share six children who are beginning their new chapters as fabulous adults.
The [New] New Patriotism is Jennifer’s first book. A timely subject, in need of perspective from an "every person," rather than those in positions of power.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Gobi Jane for Readers' Favorite

The [New] New Patriotism by Jennifer Blackburn is an accessible book that brings to readers both American history and an analysis of the country’s political evolution. The book addresses core issues, ranging from the principles of democracy and liberty on which the American nation was founded, the mission statement and its relevance, the unavoidable reality of change and factors engineering that change, and a lot more. The author makes a distinction between nationalism and patriotism and advocates for a new form of patriotism that can shape America’s future.

The [New] New Patriotism offers a comprehensive analysis of the cultural, social, and political conundrums of America. In this book, Jennifer Blackburn describes how the fabric of democracy is being torn away. It is a book designed to awaken a new spirit of patriotism and incite in readers a consciousness that encourages participation in decision making and that puts the community above the individual. These are powerful lessons and the author’s mastery of history and the American political landscape is delivered with simplicity and expertise. With the tension witnessed across the United States and the divisions, Jennifer Blackburn’s voice brings light and truth and compels readers to shift perspective. The threats to democracy and liberty are glaring within the current political atmosphere and this book proposes a path to a social reform that will determine the kind of future of the country. The [New] New Patriotism is written with the average reader in mind and in a voice that is strong and engaging.

Lesley Jones

Throughout America's relatively short history, one fact has become abundantly clear; change has been constant. In The [New] New Patriotism by Jennifer Blackburn, discover the major events during the course of America's history that have defined the country's principles of liberty and democracy and the pivotal events and people that championed that change. In current times, with fierce division, the development of a hate mentality, and the promotion of violence, fear, and hate, how can we recover our once proud and patriotic nation? From the Founding Fathers who fought for an end to tyranny and oppression, history has shown us that for change that benefits its citizens a period of rebellion is inevitable. In a society that has become reactionary to other opinions, where debate and freedom of expression are becoming crushed, can we ever return to a nation of proudness in our culture and heritage? Have we forgotten our ancestors who fought for our freedoms and the sacrifices they made? Have we accepted a new existence of constant surveillance, division, hatred of differing views, slowly losing our freedoms, and threatening our democracy?

The [New] New Patriotism by Jennifer Blackburn is a compelling and extremely educational read. There has clearly been so much research involved in collating all the events throughout America's history to create this exceptional book. The explanation of the differences between nationalism and patriotism was very interesting. The author makes some powerful and intelligent arguments and discusses the present state of America very well. What I found most uplifting was the reminder that throughout history, people have faced similar adversities before significant change occurred. For example, the Civil War and the end of slavery, and the Civil Rights movement which began a positive change towards equality. I agree with most of the author's viewpoints regarding the need for honest debate, rational thought, and education into the country's history. I found many profound revelations in this book, especially the assassinations of Malcolm X, the Kennedys, and Martin Luther King Jr in the 1960s, and the beginning of shutting down those people with differing opinions. The examination concerning how the increased population will affect society was eye-opening, as was the examination of truth versus story. This book is highly recommended as a springboard to any debate on patriotism.

Ruffina Oserio

The [New] New Patriotism by Jennifer Blackburn is not just timely but an invaluable read for contemporary Americans. In this book, the author explores social and political issues and explains how American society has slowly drifted away from the values and principles that are embedded in the Constitution and explores a trend that has led to a culture of divisiveness and abuse. The author brings to light scenes that are repetitive of what the country has experienced in the past, discusses why there is no clear purpose, and proposes a path that can lead to a new era in American politics where the core principles ingrained in the Constitution are reinforced as a yardstick for the American concept of democracy and liberty. With the political tensions that rock the country, especially at this time of the election, what is the way forward for a democracy that is, typically, American? The book answers this important question and provides a lot of material for reflection.

Jennifer Blackburn redefines patriotism and nationalism and demonstrates a unique link between the two concepts and how they can be understood, interpreted, and applied to contemporary American politics. The book is filled with political and social commentaries, espousing a vision of America that has been long forgotten. It is insightful and makes readers understand that conflict derives from the desire for power and that nationalism is born from the passion and self-determination to protect the culture and freedoms of the country. The [New] New Patriotism is a powerful book that every conscientious American citizen should read. While it addresses strong political and social issues, it also invites readers to embark on the journey towards a change of mentality for a greater cause. It is thought-provoking and informative, a book that invites readers to engage in discussion on matters that directly concern them.

Donna G

What an eye opener! I enjoyed reading this modern book, giving readers a bird’s eye view of patriotism today. The author, Jennifer Blackburn presents current issues faced by our nation, how we got here and the need for change. This is an important book to read especially with our current divided nation. The author reminds us how history repeats itself and to avoid danger, we need to learn from the past. Historical references are threaded through the chapters, connecting the past with the present and clarifying the need for change. This book touched sensitive topics, like racism, women’s rights and called out heroes. This book brings to light the actions needed to preserve the groundwork and vision of our founding fathers – liberty and democracy.

The author’s approach is nonpartisan, factual and while she shares her experiences, she does not push her beliefs. The book is written in a way that is interesting and easy for anyone to read. I highly recommend this book.