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An illuminating history of North America's eleven rival cultural regions that explodes the red state blue state myth North America was settled by people with distinct religious political and ethnographic characteristics creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since Subseuent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an American or Canadian culture but rather into one of the eleven. It was good but particularly toward the end became the author s opinion rather than statistical evidence or other facts He is from Maine and allowed his predjudices to show According to him all Southerners comprised of Tidewater Deep South and Appalachia are Republicans conservative racist backward and so on with the usual stereotypes New Englanders are of course progressive educated and egalitarian though he does admit to past intolerance I live here and let me tell you that is not uite the full story or even predominant characteristics of the people who live here His premise is that North America is made of of various nations each with its own uniue characteristics Left Coast Yankeedom Tidewater Appalachia Deep South etc While I agree with his assessment of the existence of the various nations I don t agree with his boundaries He Has Appalachia extending from Western Pennsylvania to Eastern Texas I am sorry but not only are Texas and Pennsylvania very different cultures Texas and the South whether Tidewater Deep South or Appalachia are different cultures with different manners accents ways of doing things etc Texas is western than anything He also has Tidewater ending in northeastern North Carolina while I would argue that it goes further south and further west as far as Charlotte He also claims that much of the Midwest is part of Yankeedom and barely discusses the enormous Scandinavian influenceI also think the author oversimplifies and generalizes too much He also fails to take into account the full influence of migration of all sorts of people to different areas Half the people who live in Dallas are not from there and the same is true of much of North Carolina where I m from and all of California He is from New England arguably the most homogeneous and insular area of the country and assumes that the rest of the nations are like that also The Thread of North America's eleven rival cultural regions that explodes the red state blue state myth North America was settled by people with distinct religious political and ethnographic characteristics creating regional cultures that have been at Renewing Pastoral Practice Trinitarian Perspectives on Pastoral Care And Counselling Explorations in Practical Pastoral and Empirical Theology Explorations Practical Pastoral and Empirical Theology odds with Going Grand one another ever since Subseuent immigrants didn't confront The Reject or assimilate into an American Screenwalks or Canadian culture but rather into Battle Ground one Rightfully the Alpha Female of the eleven. 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D reveals how intranational differences have played a pivotal role at every point in the continent's history from the American Revolution and the Civil War to the tumultuous sixties and the blue countyred county maps of recent presidential elections American Nations is a revolutionary and revelatory take on America's myriad identities and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and are molding our future. I give this book 4 stars because his underlying observation is so cogent so obvious and so explanatory Just wonderful Anybody who sees and describes the reality that makes up the American nations deserves all the accolades we can throw at him At the same time the author s leftism leads him to say some inexcusably silly things particularly near the end of the book Those parts pulled down one and two stars One gets the feeling that some of what is driving this analysis is identity politics and it is clear that there are some identities that Woodard doesn t like very much here s looking at you Southerners and Borderlanders

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Distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territoryIn American Nations Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent and the rivalries and alliances between its component nations which conform to neither state nor international boundaries He illustrates and explains why American values vary sharply from one region to another Woodar. Jon Stewart can t do it all alone The Daily Show has evolved toward open minded consideration of the issues of the day and less outright comedy because Stewart still thinks honest people of good faith can cut through the nonsense and figure out problems in a way any reasonable person can admit makes sense Colin Woodard s American Nations A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America pulls off the unlikely feat of both offering the tools for just such a broader deeper understanding and demonstrates why in a larger sense that effort is doomedAdvertisementMany readers will be skeptical at first and I was too No doubt Thomas Frank What s the Matter With Kansas How Conservatives Won the Heart of America and others have done valuable work in looking deeper than the familiar red stateblue state divide to try to explain why people in different regions think and vote the way they do But come on Eleven nations And right there in the map on the cover of Woodard s book we can see that the bottom half of Florida has simply been ignored included in no nation left uncolored as if by a kindergartner who got called to recess before he or she could finish drawingIn fact Woodard pulls it off He compellingly lays out his vision of why it makes sense to throw state boundaries out the window for the most part and think instead of 11 nations each defined by its history by a common culture and set of assumptions about government and life I always hated the term Left Coast the way any self respecting San Franciscan hates the term Frisco since it seemed to carry the hint that even someone like me fourth generation Californian on both sides was somehow not part of America Yes Woodard explains that is exactly right Left Coast culture running in a coastal strip from around just north of San Luis Obispo California up to British Columbia does in key respects stand apart from the Far West El Norte First Nation New France the Midlands Greater Appalachia the Deep South Tidewater the New Netherlands and Yankeedom The United States is a federation comprised of the whole or part of 11 regional nations some of which truly do not see eye to eye with one another America s most essential and abiding divisions are not between red states and blue states conservatives and liberals capital and labor blacks and whites the faithful and the secular Woodard writes in his introduction Rather our divisions stem from this fact the United States is a federation comprised of the whole or part of 11 regional nations some of which truly do not see eye to eye with one another Few have shown any indication that they are melting into some sort of unified American culture On the contrary since 1960 the fault lines between these nations have been growing wider fueling culture wars constitutional struggles and ever freuent pleas for unity The key to the book s effectiveness is Woodard s skill and irreverence in delving into history with no ualms about being both brisk and contrarian New Yorkers for example are not always going to feel great stirrings of pride in reading about the history of New Amsterdam especially the period shortly before the Civil War when residents of Manhattan were far from the forefront of anti slavery Yankees come off the worst though as important as they have been to US history and Woodard seems particularly aghast at their eagerness to claim the US narrative as their own He takes glee in pointing out that rebellion in the North American colonies against the rule of a distant king started not in the 1770s but in the 1680s and not as a united force of Americans eager to create a new nation but in a series of separate rebellions each seeking to preserve a distinct regional culture political system and religious tradition threatened by the distant seat of empire Rather than playing around with his concepts Woodard focuses most of the book on giving the history of each of his 11 nations we re than 250 pages in by the time he finishes off the Founding the Far West chapter What could have been an entire book length riff of its own The Struggle for Power gets sueezed into two short chapters near the end in which Woodard explains how the balance of power in the US has shifted based on how swing nations align themselves either with the northern alliance of Yankeedom the New Netherlands and the Left Coast or with the Dixie alliance the Deep South and Greater Appalachia joined by the junior partner Tidewater The better we understand the orientation of each of the nations the better we can grasp the way individual politicians have set about cobbling together support George W Bush may have been the son of a Yankee president and raised in far western Texas but he was a creature of east Texas where he lived built his political career found God and cultivated his business interests and political alliances he writes His domestic policy priorities as president were those of the Deep Southern oligarchy cut taxes for the wealthy privatize Social Security deregulate energy markets Meanwhile Bush garnered support among ordinary Dixie residents by advertising his fundamentalist Christian beliefs banning stem cell research and late term abortions and attempting to transfer government welfare programs to religious institutions I d have preferred to see application of the ideas to contemporary politics but maybe that will have to wait for the next book In the meantime American Nations may not leave much room for optimism about our dysfunctional political dynamic improving any time soon but in offering us a way to better understand the forces at play in the rumpus room of current American politics Colin Woodard has scored a true triumph I am going to order copies for my father and sister immediately and I hope Woodard gets a wide hearing for this fascinating studyThis review originally appeared at

  • Hardcover
  • 371
  • American Nations
  • Colin Woodard
  • English
  • 06 November 2019
  • 9780670022960

10 thoughts on “American Nations

  1. says:

    Growing up in the South I always wondered why my family was so different from those around us We were friendly with the people in our community but when serious discussions came up my parents grew uiet Our friends

  2. says:

    The good first I buy the premise of this book that the US is made up of rival nations with borders vastly different from the regions depicted on common maps of the country And I enjoyed the parts that seek to illustrate the founding

  3. says:

    It was good but particularly toward the end became the author's opinion rather than statistical evidence or other facts He is from Maine and allowed his predjudices to show According to him all Southerners comprised of Tidewater Deep South and Appalachia are Republicans conservative racist backward and so on with the usual stereotypes New Englanders are of course progressive educated and egalitarian though he

  4. says:

    Jon Stewart can’t do it all alone The Daily Show has evolved toward open minded consideration of the issues of the day and less outright comedy because Stewart still thinks honest people of good faith can cut through the nonsense and figure out problems in a way any reasonable person can admit makes sense Colin Woodard’s Ameri

  5. says:

    Journalist and amateur historian Colin Woodard makes a lot of interesting assertions on the back of thin evidence Splitting North America into eleven competing “nations” or accurately cultural archetypes Woodard goes to great lengths to explain the history of the United States not as a single hegemonic unit but as many smalle

  6. says:

    I don't care how much American history you know or think you know this book awkwardly sub titled “A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures” is a revelation I'll give you an example of my own where is the oldest building made by Europeans in the US? If you grew up in the Northeast you're probably think

  7. says:

    I am very enthusiastic about this 2011 book and would recommend it heartily even to people who might not themselves be inclined to give it five stars Colin Woodard assigns all of North America to one of eleven regions as opposed to Joel Garreau's NINE NATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA back in 1981 In so doing Woodard ignored the southern tip of Florida but added four brand new regions New Netherland Greater New York and a tri sec

  8. says:

    I give this book 4 stars because his underlying observation is so cogent so obvious and so explanatory Just wonderful Anybody who sees and des

  9. says:

    Recommended with reservations; the first half of the book covering the historical origins of the 11 diverse nations that comprise modern United States is brilliant For instance most people don't realize that the

  10. says:

    My problem with broad stroke history books is that they are far too broad and that you cannot really make claims or assertions because there simply isn’t enough evidence provided to back them up Ultimately this is the greatest weakness of Woodard’s book It’s a very interesting premise and one that I largely find to be true and intuitive if you travel and live in different places in this country I grew up in Nebra

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