American Nations

American Nations

A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

Book - 2012
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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 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 presidential elections.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9780143122029
Characteristics: viii, 371 p., [2] p. of plates : maps ; 22 cm.


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SPPL_Anna Mar 24, 2018

Interesting read, but it has its issues. I get that it follows a throughline of conflict between the primary American nations, but to give some such short shrift, particularly the First Nations, leaves it feeling heavy and fairly biased. Maybe that's just how people have to read it, confirming their own biases as I did, but I think much of that also comes from how much extra historical significance and baggage must be glossed over to fit into a reasonable length work.

Feb 06, 2016

A very interesting and illuminating book. As a member of 'Yankeedom' it helps me better understand my place in the great arguments of American history, many of which are still raging today.

Dec 15, 2015

Is a great resource for people doing family history/genealogy. Unusual view of history and politics, immigration and migration. May answer questions about how you developed your values and beliefs and political leanings.

KEVIN DOWD Sep 28, 2012

amazing book. facinationg. tracks our divided country from the founding fathers.

shows how we have a legacy from the different groups that landed and established.. well.. the establishment.

no matter how many people came later, these groups defined the politics and economics of their areas.

Aug 17, 2012

An intriguing look at how the founding settlers of the American regions impact their cultures to this day.

Jan 12, 2012

How about teaching the American Revolution through this perspective?

jayblock Oct 30, 2011

American Nations is essential reading to understanding the dynamics of American culture. Colin Woodard defines the original drives which where behind the establishment of the American colonies. Utopian societies, Retro-Feudalism and violent individualism are all key tenets within the foundation of the US. This fierce blend of conflicting ideologies is still present in today's political,cultural and religious landscapes. Far from homogenous, America has always been a fractured and fractious stew.


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