Author Colin Woodard and his new book "American Nations"

Jan 10, 2012

According to our guest today, Colin Woodard, America's political divisions aren't between red states and blue states, right and left, Republicans and Democrats but between 11 distinct North American cultural regions.  They are regions the he names "Yankeedom", "Greater Appalachia", "The Deep South" and "The Far West" and they have been created by centuries of Americans who settled there, each with their own unique cultures, religions, political traditions and ethnographic characteristics.  Woodard suggests that only by truly understanding these regions can we begin to see beyond these deep political divides.   Today we talk to him about his book.


  • Colin Woodard - Writer, historian, journalist and author of "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America"