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Distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territoryIn 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 Woodar I don t care how much American history you know or think you know this book awkwardly sub titled A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures is a revelation I ll give you an example of my own where is the oldest building made by Europeans in the US If you grew up in the Northeast you re probably thinking it s in Boston or Philadelphia Went to school in the Southeast maybe it s in St Augustine or New Orleans So where you grew up has a lot to do with what you think you know Don t believe me Then why isn t The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe New Mexico built ten years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock the first place that pops to mind Why isn t it as famous as Plymouth Rock Time and time again this book reveals how our cultural roots from centuries ago still shape our worldview It is why politics in Oregon with towns named after the places its early European settlers came from like Portland and Salem has in common with New England than it does with the Midwest or California Proof that Faulkner was right The past isn t dead It s not even past The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 probably thinking it s in Boston or Philadelphia Went to school in the Southeast maybe it s in St Augustine or New Orleans So where you grew up has a lot to do with what you think you know Don t believe me Then why isn t The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe New Mexico built ten years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock the first Mon patron voulait que je tape les seins nus place that His Christmas Cowgirl (Wildflower Ranch pops to mind Why isn t it as famous as Plymouth Rock Time and time again this book reveals how our cultural roots from centuries ago still shape our worldview It is why The Doctors Dating Bargain politics in Oregon with towns named after the The Collection places its early European settlers came from like Portland and Salem has in common with New England than it does with the Midwest or California Proof that Faulkner was right The Whispers of Feathers past isn t dead It s not even Mount série tome 3 - L'empire du mal past

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American Nations

An illuminating history of North America's eleven rival cultural regions that explodes the red state blue state myth 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 Subseuent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an American or Canadian culture but rather into one of the eleven It was good but particularly toward the end became the author s opinion rather than statistical evidence or other facts He is from Maine and allowed his predjudices to show According to him all Southerners comprised of Tidewater Deep South and Appalachia are Republicans conservative racist backward and so on with the usual stereotypes New Englanders are of course progressive educated and egalitarian though he does admit to past intolerance I live here and let me tell you that is not uite the full story or even predominant characteristics of the people who live here His premise is that North America is made of of various nations each with its own uniue characteristics Left Coast Yankeedom Tidewater Appalachia Deep South etc While I agree with his assessment of the existence of the various nations I don t agree with his boundaries He Has Appalachia extending from Western Pennsylvania to Eastern Texas I am sorry but not only are Texas and Pennsylvania very different cultures Texas and the South whether Tidewater Deep South or Appalachia are different cultures with different manners accents ways of doing things etc Texas is western than anything He also has Tidewater ending in northeastern North Carolina while I would argue that it goes further south and further west as far as Charlotte He also claims that much of the Midwest is part of Yankeedom and barely discusses the enormous Scandinavian influenceI also think the author oversimplifies and generalizes too much He also fails to take into account the full influence of migration of all sorts of people to different areas Half the people who live in Dallas are not from there and the same is true of much of North Carolina where I m from and all of California He is from New England arguably the most homogeneous and insular area of the country and assumes that the rest of the nations are like that also Whispers of Feathers people with distinct religious Mount série tome 3 - L'empire du mal political and ethnographic characteristics creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since Subseuent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an American or Canadian culture but rather into one of the eleven It was good but Entrepreneurial Vernacular particularly toward the end became the author s opinion rather than statistical evidence or other facts He is from Maine and allowed his Advanced C Programming by Example predjudices to show According to him all Southerners comprised of Tidewater Deep South and Appalachia are Republicans conservative racist backward and so on with the usual stereotypes New Englanders are of course Poslije svega (After, progressive educated and egalitarian though he does admit to Die Herrenschneiderei past intolerance I live here and let me tell you that is not uite the full story or even Calling Cards: Uncover Your Calling predominant characteristics of the Cities of God people who live here His Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone part of Yankeedom and barely discusses the enormous Scandinavian influenceI also think the author oversimplifies and generalizes too much He also fails to take into account the full influence of migration of all sorts of Pretend God Is Deaf people to different areas Half the Cased Images & Tintypes KwikGuide people who live in Dallas are not from there and the same is true of much of North Carolina where I m from and all of California He is from New England arguably the most homogeneous and insular area of the country and assumes that the rest of the nations are like that also

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D 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 countyred 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 Recommended with reservations the first half of the book covering the historical origins of the 11 diverse nations that comprise modern United States is brilliant For instance most people don t realize that the vibrant multicultural entity that is New York was just like that continuously all the way back to its founding as New Amsterdam which was the most diverse and progressive city of its time Or that Deep South was founded by Barbados plantators unlike the Tidewater area of Virginia and Maryland founded by recently transpanted gentry from England with conseuent differences in culture and policy Etc etc The second half of the book however is devoted to exposing the author s deeply partisan interpretation of the recent US history which is so biased that it makes one uestion the veracity of every historical fact listed in support of the author s viewpoint The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 played a Mon patron voulait que je tape les seins nus pivotal role at every His Christmas Cowgirl (Wildflower Ranch point in the continent's history from the American Revolution and the Civil War to the tumultuous sixties and the blue countyred county maps of recent The Doctors Dating Bargain presidential elections American Nations is a revolutionary and revelatory take on America's myriad identities and how the conflicts between them have shaped our The Collection past and are molding our future Recommended with reservations the first half of the book covering the historical origins of the 11 diverse nations that comprise modern United States is brilliant For instance most Whispers of Feathers people don t realize that the vibrant multicultural entity that is New York was just like that continuously all the way back to its founding as New Amsterdam which was the most diverse and Mount série tome 3 - L'empire du mal progressive city of its time Or that Deep South was founded by Barbados Entrepreneurial Vernacular plantators unlike the Tidewater area of Virginia and Maryland founded by recently transpanted gentry from England with conseuent differences in culture and Advanced C Programming by Example policy Etc etc The second half of the book however is devoted to exposing the author s deeply Poslije svega (After, partisan interpretation of the recent US history which is so biased that it makes one uestion the veracity of every historical fact listed in support of the author s viewpoint


10 thoughts on “American Nations

  1. says:

    Growing up in the South I always wondered why my family was so different from those around us We were friendly with the people in our community but when serious discussions came up my parents grew uiet Our friends and neighbors had

  2. says:

    The good first I buy the premise of this book that the US is made up of rival nations with borders vastly different from the regions depicted on common maps of the country And I enjoyed the parts that seek to illustrate the founding and spreading of US colonies and what later became US territory When Woodard tries to characterize th

  3. says:

    It was good but particularly toward the end became the author's opinion rather than statistical evidence or other facts He is from Maine and allowed his predjudices to show According to him all Southerners comprised of Tidewater Deep South and Appalachia are Republicans conservative racist backward and so on with the usual stereotypes New Englanders are of course progressive educated and egalitarian though he does admit to past intoleranc

  4. says:

    Jon Stewart can’t do it all alone The Daily Show has evolved toward open minded consideration of the issues of the day and less outright comedy because Stewart still thinks honest people of good faith can cut through the nonsense and figure out problems in a way any reasonable person can admit makes sense Colin Woodardâ

  5. says:

    Journalist and amateur historian Colin Woodard makes a lot of interesting assertions on the back of thin evidence Splitting North America into eleven competing “nations” or accurately cultural archetypes Woodard goes to great lengths to explain the history of the United States not as a single hegemonic unit but as many smaller competing units within a federal framework Woodard himself explains his work as a synthesis and look

  6. says:

    I don't care how much American history you know or think you know this book awkwardly sub titled “A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures” is a revelation I'll give you an example of my own where is the oldest building made by Europeans in the US If you grew up in the Northeast you're probably thinking it’s in Boston or Philadelphia Went to school in the Southeast maybe it’s in St Augustine or New Orleans

  7. says:

    I am very enthusiastic about this 2011 book and would recommend it heartily even to people who might not themselves be inclined to give it five stars Colin Woodard assigns all of North America to one of eleven re

  8. says:

    I give this book 4 stars because his underlying observation is so cogent so obvious and so explanatory Just wonderful Anybody who sees and describes the reality that makes up the American nations deserves all the accolades we can throw at him At the same time the author's leftism leads him to say some inexcusably silly things particularly n

  9. says:

    Recommended with reservations; the first half of the book covering the historical origins of the 11 diverse nations that c

  10. says:

    My problem with broad stroke history books is that they are far too broad and that you cannot really make claims or assertions because there simply isn’t enough evidence provided to back them up Ultimately this

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