“American history is a quagmire, and the more one knows, the quaggier the mire gets.”

-Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 2: American Identity July 1st - 7th

Who are we as Americans? Everyone has their own definition of the American identity, and most agree it’s being lost. A recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 71 percent of Americans feel the United States is losing its national identity — that is, the beliefs and values the country represents. During this week, we reach across the aisles of both politics and faith. We examine how we’ve defined American identity throughout our history and the stories we’ve told to shape that identity; the political, economic and social factors that shape our contemporary definitions; and what these different national identities — at times in conflict with one another — mean for our democracy and the prosperity of all Americans. We’ll consider whether a new foundation of American identity is necessary — or even possible.

Check out the titles below as well as our collection of Week 2 Speaker Books.

 

Real American: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250137746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 3rd, 2017

America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781579656942
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 2016

#notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women Cover Image
By Charleyboy (Editor), Leatherdale (Editor)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781554519576
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Annick Press - September 12th, 2017

It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501179600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Touchstone - January 16th, 2018

A People's History of the United States Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062397348
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 3-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 17th, 2015

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781932841770
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 3-5 Days
Published: Agate Bolden - August 13th, 2013

Americanah Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 3-5 Days
Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

How Artists See America: East South Midwest West Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780789207722
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abbeville Kids - April 26th, 2002