American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

by Colin Woodard


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• A New Republic Best Book of the Year • The Globalist Top Books of the Year • Winner of the Maine Literary Award for Non-fiction •

Particularly relevant in understanding who voted for who in this presidential election year, this is an endlessly fascinating look at American regionalism and the eleven “nations” that continue to shape North America

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 (author of American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good) 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 any hotly contested election in our history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143122029
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 20,643
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Colin Woodard is a Maine native and the author of Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas. He is a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Origins: 1590 to 1769 1

Chapter 1 Founding El Norte 23

Chapter 2 Founding New France 34

Chapter 3 Founding Tidewater 44

Chapter 4 Founding Yankeedom 57

Chapter 5 Founding New Netherland 65

Chapter 6 The Colonies' First Revolt 73

Chapter 7 Founding the Deep South 82

Chapter 8 Founding the Midlands 92

Chapter 9 Founding Greater Appalachia 101

Part 2 Unlikely Allies: 1770 to 1815

Chapter 10 A Common Struggle 115

Chapter 11 Six Wars of Liberation 127

Chapter 12 Independence or Revolution? 141

Chapter 13 Nations in the North 150

Chapter 14 First Secessionists 157

Part 3 Wars for the West: 1816 to 1877

Chapter 15 Yankeedom Spreads West 173

Chapter 16 The Midlands Spread West 183

Chapter 17 Appalacia Spreads West 189

Chapter 18 The Deep South Spreads West 200

Chapter 19 Conquering El Norte 208

Chapter 20 Founding the Left Coast 216

Chapter 21 War for the West 224

Part 4 Culture Wars: 1878 to 2010

Chapter 22 Founding the Far West 243

Chapter 23 Immigration and Identity 254

Chapter 24 Gods and Missions 263

Chapter 25 Culture Clash 274

Chapter 26 War, Empire, and the Military 285

Chapter 27 The Struggle for Power I: The Blue Nations 295

Chapter 28 The Struggle for Power II: The Red and the Purple 302

Epilogue 314

Acknowledgements and Suggested Reading 323

Notes 327

Index 355

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