American Nations : A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
- 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 this year's Trump versus Clinton presidential election.
- Paperback | 371 pages
- 137.16 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 204.12g
- 25 Sep 2012
- Penguin Books
- United States
- Maps; Illustrations, black and white
"[F]or people interested in American history and sociology, "American Nations" demands reading...."American Nations" is important reading."-- "St. Louis Dispatch"
About Colin Woodard
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.