Ununited States

American Nations
A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
Colin Woodard
Viking Press, $30, 384 pp.

Did the Founding Fathers bring forth on this continent “a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” as Abraham Lincoln put it in 1863? No, says Colin Woodard in American Nations. Rather, the founding fathers managed an alliance of several nations in 1776, nations that never agreed on the meaning of liberty or even the proposition of equality. Reviving and extending the theory that citizens...

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Gabriel J. Loiacono is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh.