The eleven “nations” that make up North America
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The eleven “nations” that make up North America

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Business Insider summary American Nations by Colin Woodard:

[A]ward-winning author Colin Woodard identifies 11 distinct cultures that have historically divided the US.

“The country has been arguing about a lot of fundamental things lately including state roles and individual liberty,” Woodard, a Maine native who won the 2012 George Polk Award for investigative reporting, told Business Insider.

“[But] in order to have any productive conversation on these issues,” he added, “you need to know where you come from. Once you know where you are coming from it will help move the conversation forward.”

Not a new article, but relevant nevertheless. I like that Woodard has considered the frontiers of each of the 11 “nations” purely culturally rather than arbitrarily relating them to existing geopolitical borders.

[A]mong these 11 nations, Yankeedom and the Deep South exert the most influence and are constantly competing with each other for the hearts and minds of the other nations.

“We are trapped in brinkmanship because there is not a lot of wiggle room between Yankee and Southern Culture,” Woodard says. “Those two nations would never see eye to eye on anything besides an external threat.”

Sounds about right.

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