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Maine Author Sheds Light on America's Underlying Political Fractures
12/02/2011   Reported By: Keith Shortall

There are lots of ways to draw the cultural and political map of the U.S.: North versus South, Red States and Blue States. But according to Portland author Colin Woodard, there never really has been one nation in America, but 11, each with its own cultural and ideological DNA that still defines them today. Keith Shortall spoke recently with Woodard about his new book American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.

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The 11 nations of Colin Woodard's North America (outlined in map above) do align with some traditional boundaries, such as the Deep South or the Left Coast. But several, such as "Yankeedom" and "The Midlands," meander and spread to pockets that are far from their historical places of birth. Woodard's map, he explains, describes regions that were settled by people with the same belief systems, and those regions, he argues, still reflect those belief systems, even after several hundred years of homogenization.

CWoodardColin Woodard (left) of Portland is the author of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.


 

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