American NATIONS

An illuminating history of North America’s eleven rival cultural regions that explodes the red state-blue state myth. A view with historical insight to the problems we are experiencing today with roots that lie in the settlement of North America.

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. Subsequent immigrants didn’t confront or assimilate into an “American” or “Canadian” culture, but rather into one of the eleven distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory.

In 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. Woodard (author of American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good)  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 county/red 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.

One thought on “American NATIONS

  1. THisis an outstanding book about what immigrants brought to this country, and how that all plays out to the current day. Read this through, and you will not bu surprised about how we got here. No new historical events, but a very new and compelling explanation of what much of the history means to us today. One of the best books about the US I have ever read.

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