Author’s note. This article turned out to be quite different from what I expected to write when I started. I intended to write a rumination about diversity in America and whether it has evolved from a good thing to an arguably bad thing. But in researching the topic, and at the behest of my sister, I read the book that is the subject of this article and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to bring to this readership a précis of the book, with minimal commentary so that all readers will at least have a common baseline understanding of the fascinating impacts of American diversity over the last 400 years. With such a common understanding, any discussion of diversity should be much more knowledgeable, and certainly more interesting. The book is American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard. I am only going to summarize ten of these, putting to one side for now the purely Canadian “First Nation.” I should add that I am providing Woodard’s view of events, some controversial, not my own. His approach is original and insightful, but not always necessarily correct. ... Read More