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U.S. nationhood was created nearly from scratch in the 19th century. Was Daniel Webster responsible?

The early United States, scholars have noted, was a country in search of nationhood. Created as an ad hoc military alliance of disparate colonies to fight off a shared political... Read more »

2023 Maine Humanities statewide community read picks — from yours truly this year — announced

The Maine Humanities Council organizes an annual statewide community read program — Read ME — with two titles chosen by a Maine author. It was my honor and privilege to... Read more »

Lobster Coast named a “New Maine Classic” by Down East Magazine

In their latest issue, the editors of Down East Magazine compiled a list of “New Maine Classics,” 25 films, plays, books, digital projects, and animated shorts from the past 25... Read more »

Nationhood Lab website and data journalism initiative launches

The website for my new think tank project at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Nationhood Lab, went live last week with fresh American Nations-powered analysis of... Read more »

Talking American Nations and Nationhood Lab at the French Embassy in Washington

I’m cross-posting this Pell Center news release dated 30 January 2023: Woodard Speaks at French Embassy In Washington WASHINGTON – The director of Pell Center’s new Nationhood Lab project addressed... Read more »