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America’s really 11 countries. Which one do you live in?

America’s really 11 countries. Which one do you live in?

The idea that America can be divided into a number of different nations, each with their own identities, is hardly new. It arguably originated with Joel Garreau’s 1981 book, The Nine Nations of North America, but you can see inklings of the idea in Harry Haywood’s call for the southern “black belt” states to secede, in the Cascadian independence movement, and even in the push for New England secession that arose during the war of 1812.

Now, Colin Woodard, a reporter at the Portland Press Herald, has developed his own version of the theory. Click “Know More” to get more detail on the 11 American nations Woodard has identified.

Dylan Matthews | November 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm
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