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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. 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 and neighbors had no such reservations They were opinionated and always eager for a fight of any kind whether with fists or words We lived side and by side and spoke the same language but I always got the sense that we were just not one of them My family was never really gung ho when it came to discussions about the Confederacy or flying the flag They were proud of being southern but it seemed to stop there They were Republicans back in the days when everyone else was a Democrat We just did not fit Doing family history I learned that my mother s people were New England uakers who gradually made their way into the south My father s people lived in the North Carolina Highlands where they intermarried with the Cherokee This was all very interesting but I honestly thought it was all ancient history until I read this book American NationsA light suddenly came on in my head My mother s people came out of Yankeedom My father s people were those Borderlanders who lived in Appalachia and remained loyal to the Union because they hated the southern planters of the Tidewater and the fake aristocracy they believed they wished to bring to America If this sounds like some kind of secret code rest assured it is not Colin Woodard has outlined a theory as to why America is so divided along cultural and political lines It all goes back to the very beginnings of this country where politics and culture were determined by who settled where and what their dreams were All of the different groups brought positives and negatives with them when they decided to settle here Some wished to recreate the old world in a new setting such as the younger sons of the British aristocracy who settled in the Tidewater and the Deep South Some like the Puritans and Pilgrims of New England wanted a brand new utopia a city on the hill in Yankeedom The German settlers of the Midlands wanted nothing than to farm and raise their families in a place free of restrictions and restraint In New Amsterdam the Dutch opted for a multi cultural commerce center that became New York City The Scots Irish came here because they could They were the tough ones not afraid of a good fight who settled the wilderness and formed a civilization without a government in Appalachia Even today living in this area which was settled by all of these groups you can see faint reminders of these earlier cultures all around us Is it too fantastical to think that sitting down with a varied group of residents we could find out just by listening to the tone of their conversation who their ancestors were I believe it is possibleThe book answered so many uestions Why was integration so much harder to implement in the Deep South Why are the states of the Pacific Northwest in the blue category Why did the Scots Irish not side with the rest of the south until AFTER the Civil WarThe negatives of each group are also highlighted Yankeedom brought the concept of the town hall meeting and democracy but they were also religiously intolerant New Netherlands gave us slavery which was taken advantage of in the Tidewater and Deep South The Scots Irish were the Marines of their day They were the first to fight and never backed down from a challenge Unfortunately this tenacity could also translate into just plain old hard headiness which caused many a roadblock politically and socially The role of religion in each nation is discussed in detail He includes similar developments in Canada which are valuable information for serious students of this school of thought He gives several chapters to the earlier Spanish explorations the French settling of the Gulf Coast and to later immigrant arrivals Who settled where and why in the American West is given eual time which was information I used to just skim overI would however caution the reader that Woodard can seem to come across in the later chapters as caustic toward certain regions and certain ideals If you are of Scots Irish descent you might want to take him to task for this and I fully expect you will but otherwise it is an interesting and fascinating read for all of those out there wondering Why are we the way we are and how did we come to this Will we ever truly be a United nation

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American Nations

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. 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 thinking it s in Boston or Philadelphia Went to school in the Southeast maybe it s in St Augustine or New Orleans So where you grew up has a lot to do with what you think you know Don t believe me Then why isn t The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe New Mexico built ten years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock the first place that pops to mind Why isn t it as famous as Plymouth Rock Time and time again this book reveals how our cultural roots from centuries ago still shape our worldview It is why politics in Oregon with towns named after the places its early European settlers came from like Portland and Salem has in common with New England than it does with the Midwest or California Proof that Faulkner was right The past isn t dead It s not even past

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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


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 and neigh

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    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 and spreading of US colonies and what later became US territory When Woodard tries to characterize the people of the land however he brushes with broad unflattering strokes that I found hard to take

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    It was good but particularly toward the end became the author's opinion rather than statistical evidence or other facts He i

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    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

  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

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    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 thinking it’s in Boston or Philadelphia Went to school in the Southeast maybe it’s in St Augustine

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    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

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    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 fee

  9. says:

    Recommended with reservations; the first half of the book covering the historical origins of the 11 diverse nations that comprise mod

  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