All Over the Map: Rethinking American Regions / Edition 1

All Over the Map: Rethinking American Regions / Edition 1

by Edward L. Ayers, Peter S. Onuf, Patricia Nelson Limerick, Stephen Nissenbaum
     
 

Even as Americans keep moving "all over the map" in the late twentieth century, they cherish memories of the places they come from. But where do these places—these regions—come from? What makes them so real? In this groundbreaking book a distinguished group of historians explores the concept of region in America, traces changes the idea has undergone in

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Even as Americans keep moving "all over the map" in the late twentieth century, they cherish memories of the places they come from. But where do these places—these regions—come from? What makes them so real? In this groundbreaking book a distinguished group of historians explores the concept of region in America, traces changes the idea has undergone in our national experience, and examines its meaning for Americans today.

Far from diminishing in importance, the authors conclude, regional differences continue to play a significant role in Americans' self-image. Regional identity, in fact, has always been fed by the very forces that many people think threaten its existence today: a central government, an aggressive economy, and connections with places beyond regional boundaries. Calling into question widely held notions about how Americans came to differ from one another and explaining why those differences continue to flourish, this iconoclastic study—by scholars with differing regional ties—will refresh and redirect the centuries-old discussion over Americans' conceptions of themselves.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801853920
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/05/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Edward L. Ayers is Hugh P. Kelly Professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. Patricia Nelson Limerick is professor of history at the University of Colorado. Stephen Nissenbaum is professor of history at the University of Massachusetts. Peter S. Onuf is Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Federalism, Republicanism, and the Origins of American Sectionalism11
2New England as Region and Nation38
3What We Talk about When We Talk about the South62
4Region and Reason83
Notes105
Contributors129
Index131

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