SARAH BLESENER: BECKON US FROM HOME

“Always remember, you are soldiers of God. And nobody in the entire history of the world has ever been as free as you are right now.”—Opening words from Utah Patriot Camp

In patriot camps and clubs around the United States, roughly 400,000 children are taught annually, often with military subtext, what it means to be an American.

Here, in this microcosm of a changing nation, youth straddle the vulnerability of adolescence and the simultaneous stripping of individuality.

Sarah Blesener’s ongoing work examines the interplay of religion, love of country, and military-style training in the teaching of ‘New Americanism’ amongst youth.