Lesson Plan Seven (Student Resources)
In 1918, Irving Berlin wrote “God Bless America” as a patriotic hymn to America. Twenty-two years later, Woody Guthrie wrote “This Land is Your Land” as an ordinary man’s response to the prayer-like quality of “God Bless America.” Both songs are now considered among the most beautiful and important in the history of American songwriting.
Patriotism is defined as love and devotion to one's country (adapted from Merriam Webster), though the Greek philosopher Socrates said that "patriotism does not require one to agree with everything that his country does.”
For a discussion of various definitions of patriotism, visit "How do You Define Patriotism," at the CBS News website.