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Making Childen into Soldiers for Future Wars

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Photographer Sarah Blesener visits a group of Young Marines...

...Sarah Blesener has been visiting patriotic youth groups around the country, from teens being trained as border guards in Texas, ROTC chapters in New York, a patriotic church camp in Utah... Her aim has been to explore how different combinations of religion, love of country, and military-style training come together in the teaching of “new Americanism,” which Blesener defines as a renewed embrace of the centuries-old theme of American exceptionalism and manifest destiny.

One group...which has 300 clubs around the to boys and girls ages 8 and up...take part in a military-style boot camp, fitness drills, and weekend encampments...

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