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Union paperback launch event, June 17, Portland, ME

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the book tour for my most recent book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the story of United States Nationhood, but with restrictions lifted across New… Read more »

UNION paperback edition available for pre-order

The paperback edition of Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood goes on sale one week from today and I’m excited at the prospect of actually… Read more »

Talking American Nations and Union on the Passing Judgment podcast

I recently sat down, virtually, with Jessica Levinson, director of the Loyola Law School Public Service Institute, to talk about American Nations, the crisis facing U.S. democracy, and some of… Read more »

Colin Woodward interviews Colin Woodard

What are the chances that there would be two American historians of U.S. history with the names “Colin Woodward” and “Colin Woodard”? The observable evidence suggests the answer is “very… Read more »

Talking pirates with Press Herald Live, May 13, 7pm

  For subscribers of the Portland Press Herald: I’ll be talking with colleague Katherine Lee about the real pirates of the Caribbean, what it was like to write and research… Read more »

What Netflix’s “Lost Pirate Kingdom” got right (and wrong) about the Golden Age Pirates

I greatly enjoyed being an on-camera expert for Netflix’s hit docudrama series “Lost Pirate Kingdom,” which essentially tells the story of the Golden Age pirate gang related in my 2007… Read more »

Talking pirates on a forthcoming Netflix series

A few months before the pandemic struck I travelled to a Manhattan studio to film an hours-long interview with a British production company working on a documentary-drama on the Bahamas-based… Read more »

United States’ myth of nationhood is all-important, but it carries a curse

  The United States needs its national myth of shared nationhood more than most countries because it’s almost the only thing that has held our rival regional cultures together. But,… Read more »

How we got here, the stakes and where we go now (in Washington Monthly)

The United States, which was a state before it came up with an argument for being a nation as well, has always been vulnerable to dissolution. An accidental alliance of… Read more »

Regarding Maine on the occasion of its 200th anniversary of statehood, in the Boston Globe

  Maine turned 200 this year, but the Bicentennial celebrations were cancelled by the pandemic, with Gov. Mills spending the official birthday, March 15, advising Mainers to lockdown to prevent… Read more »