American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

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Penguin, Sep 25, 2012 - History - 400 pages
• A New Republic Best Book of the Year • The Globalist Top Books of the Year • Winner of the Maine Literary Award for Non-fiction •

Particularly relevant in understanding who voted for who in this presidential election year, this is an endlessly fascinating look at American regionalism and the eleven “nations” that continue to shape North America


According to award-winning journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations, each with its own unique historical roots. In American Nations he takes readers on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and continue to mold our future. From the Deep South to the Far West, to Yankeedom to El Norte, Woodard (author of American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good) reveals how each region continues to uphold its distinguishing ideals and identities today, with results that can be seen in the composition of the U.S. Congress or on the county-by-county election maps of any hotly contested election in our history.
 

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User Review  - willszal - LibraryThing

Colin Woodard is a demographer historian. This book traces the inception and evolution of eleven distinct North American nations over the past five hundred years. The book's foundational premise: that ... Read full review

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Do you marvel and despair at this fractured country? Author Colin Woodard claims that It's not really conservative vs liberal. Instead, it is basically Yankeedom (with its desire for the collective ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1590 to 1769
21
Founding El Norte
23
Founding New France
34
Founding Tidewater
44
Founding Yankeedom
57
Founding New Netherland
65
The Colonies First Revolt
73
The Midlands Spread West
183
Appalachia Spreads West
189
The Deep South Spreads West
200
Conquering El Norte
208
Founding the Left Coast
216
War for the West
224
1878 to 2010
241
Founding the Far West
243

Founding the Deep South
82
Founding the Midlands
92
Founding Greater Appalachia
101
1770 to 1815
113
A Common Struggle
115
Six Wars of Liberation
127
Independence or Revolution?
141
Nations in the North
150
First Secessionists
157
PART THREE
171
Yankeedom Spreads West
173
Immigration and Identity
254
Gods and Missions
263
Culture Clash
274
War Empire and the Military
285
The Blue Nations
295
The Red and the Purple
302
Epilogue
314
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND SUGGESTED READING
323
NOTES
327
INDEX
355
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About the author (2012)

Colin Woodard is a Maine native and the author of Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas. He is a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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