Welcome (Back) to the Divided States of America

The U.S. is cracking along centuries-old cultural fault lines. We need quick action to mend its wounds.

Colin Woodard
16 min readJul 7, 2017

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As the United States celebrated its 241st birthday this week, its citizens would be forgiven for worrying that the union might not make it to its 250th.

Divided into increasingly hostile red and blue zones (places where one party and its ideas have been completely vanquished), humiliated by half-serious calls for its most populous states to secede, and…

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Colin Woodard

Author of American Nations; American Character. Director of Nationhood Lab at Salve Regina University's Pell Center. www.colinwoodard.com