Carol Swain '83 releases new book
Book examines America's religious foundation
Dr. Carol M. Swain '83, author and professor, offers a conservative perspective on America's political landscape in her new book, "Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise."
In the book, her sixth, Swain draws on her training in political science and law to examine the religious significance of the founding of the United States.
Swain is a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., a native of the Roanoke region and a past member of the Roanoke College Board of Trustees, where she was the second African-American board member. In her time as a student at Roanoke, Swain studied criminal justice and worked with Dr. C. William Hill, Jr., who is now director of the Henry H. Fowler Public Policy Program and professor emeritus in the Public Affairs department at the College. Swain says Hill introduced her to conservative thinkers.
The book "is a unique call for citizen action, a review of American foundational understandings and current public policies, and a Christian evangelical testimony," Hill says.
Swain speaks highly of her time at Roanoke. "Roanoke College gave me enormous self-confidence about my ability to make a difference in the world," she says.
Swain is passionate about empowering others to confidently raise their conservative voices. She hopes the book will make readers aware of issues and uncover what she considers the political deception that is shaping morals, social policies and culture.
"We are at a tipping point in this country, and this book is a call for we, the people, to take responsibility for the nation," Swain says. "If people are not exercising that power it will be taken away from them."
Swain has expressed her views through a variety of popular media. She is a frequent guest on Fox News and has appeared on CNN, BBC Radio, NPR, PBS, C-SPAN and ABC News.