The American Nations, Trumpism, and the 2016 Elections

Donald Trump offered something novel on the campaign trail, and it paid big dividends within two regional cultures and the Electoral College map

Colin Woodard
Feb 1, 2018 · 8 min read
Source: Colin Woodard and Christian MilNeil/Portland Press Herald

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Election map by county in 2012 (left) and 2016 (right). Source: Wikipedia
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Democratic primary map. Source: Wikimedia

Colin Woodard

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Author of American Nations; American Character. State & National Affairs Writer, Portland Press Herald. www.colinwoodard.com

Colin Woodard

Written by

Author of American Nations; American Character. State & National Affairs Writer, Portland Press Herald. www.colinwoodard.com

Balkanized America
Balkanized America
Balkanized America

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Balkanized America

In this politically volatile time, we tend to think of America as divided in half. In reality, America is divided into eleven distinct nations: regions that ignore state lines and international boundaries and bear the cultural legacy of their original settlers. In "Balkanized America," award-winning journalist Colin Woodard explores the eleven nations of America and reveals how centuries-old values inform our attitudes on every thing from capital punishment to healthcare. Woodard is the author of five books, including American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America and its sequel, American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good.

In this politically volatile time, we tend to think of America as divided in half. In reality, America is divided into eleven distinct nations: regions that ignore state lines and international boundaries and bear the cultural legacy of their original settlers. In "Balkanized America," award-winning journalist Colin Woodard explores the eleven nations of America and reveals how centuries-old values inform our attitudes on every thing from capital punishment to healthcare. Woodard is the author of five books, including American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America and its sequel, American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good.

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