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"The Struggle To Forge The Story Of United States Nationhood" By Colin Woodard

Book cover for "Union" by Colin Woodard

The author of "American Nations" returns to the historical study of a fractured America by examining how a myth of national unity was created and fought over in the nineteenth century--a myth that continues to affect us today.

"Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood" by Colin Woodard tells the story of the struggle to create a national myth for the United States, one that could hold its rival regional cultures together and forge, for the first time, an American nationhood. Woodard tells the story of the genesis and epic confrontations between these visions of our nation's path and purpose through the lives of the key figures who created them, a cast of characters whose personal quirks and virtues, gifts and demons shaped the destiny of millions.

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