Colin Woodard

Colin Woodard is the author of six books, including Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood, American Nations: The History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, and American Character: The Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good. 


What Makes Maine Gov. Paul LePage Tick So Strangely?

This week, Maine Governor Paul LePage has once again been in the national news for all the wrong reasons. To refresh your memory, he’s the same guy who, on the eve of the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday decided to tell the NAACP to “kiss my butt”, and who defended an effort to lift… Read more »

On the Rise of the (Deep) Southern Oligarchy

The Southern oligarchy has been taking a beating in the blogosphere this week, and it seems I’m partly to blame. Sara Robinson, editor of AlterNet’s Visions section, put out this post on the Southern aristocracy’s nefarious influence on current American politics and society last week, which was cross-posted at Salon this past weekend, where it… Read more »

The Money Race to Replace Olympia Snowe: A Pre-primary Update

For those curious about the race to replace U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, the field is about to narrow considerably. On Tuesday, a small subset of my fellow Mainers will vote in the party primaries, presumably reducing the number of candidates from twelve to four: a Democrat, a Republican, a dark horse independent candidate with no… Read more »

On Obama’s Greater Appalachian Problem

I was going to regale you all with a brilliant, American Nations-powered analysis of President Barack Obama’s less than stellar performance in the West Virginia and Kentucky Democratic primaries, but am pleased to see that Alec MacGillis has already done so over at The New Republic. MacGillis writes: Obama certainly is a vulnerable incumbent, as… Read more »