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

american nations cover image American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

by Colin Woodward
History
Penguin Books
Paperback, 384 pages
$17.00

E Pluribus Unum. Oh, really? Colin Woodard would have it be e pluribus pluribus!  Woodard writes that we are, in fact, citizens of eleven different nations-states each with its unique culture derived from its own colonial origins and regional history. These cultures, in turn, drive our political behaviors and attitudes on everything from social issues to fundamental precepts of government. Here in the Northwoods we find ourselves to be residents of Yankeedom encompassing New England and the Great Lakes states. We tend to highly value the common good, favor reasonable government regulation and strongly support high quality public education among other things. Well, some of us maybe. A fascinating and original take on our current political dilemma.