Eleven Nations, Most Under God

Colin Woodard Maps the Real America

The Seal of the United States promises one nation formed from many–e pluribus unum. But journalist Colin Woodard says the reality is different: America is 11 distinct nations.

“We never really were one nation,” Woodard, author of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, told a full house Monday night at Arizona State University’s Washington Center in Washington, DC.

Woodard–in a conversation sponsored by the Center for Social Cohesion and moderated by Zócalo Public Square editorial director Andrés Martinez–said he realized North America was much more …

It’s Tough Finding Something New to Fight About

Have Our Culture Wars Ever Really Changed?


Ever since the founding of the United States, Americans have disagreed about what direction the country should take. While the immediate questions have changed, many of the deeper ones have …

Running for President of 11 Nations

America Has Never Been United, And That Makes Running For the White House That Much Harder

Campaigning for president in a continent-spanning nation of more than 300 million people is a daunting task, but it’s made all the more difficult by the profound differences between our …