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Talking with The New Yorker about the forces of U.S. disunity

Almost a decade ago I posited, in the epilogue of American Nations, that the United States is vulnerable to dissolution. We’re an unwieldy federation of rival regional cultures, many of… Read more »

Speaking on Union and the battle to define US nationhood with the German Marshall Fund, Sept. 1

On September 1 at 10:30 Eastern (4:30 CET), I’ll be speaking with the German Marshall Fund’s executive vice president, Derek Chollet about Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of… Read more »

Talking UNION with New Books Network

I recently sat down, virtually, with Diana DePasquale, instructor and doctoral candidate in American Studies at Bowling Green State University, to discuss my new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the… Read more »

Reviewing Eric Posner’s “The Demagogue’s Playbook” in the Washington Post

                       In today’s Sunday Washington Post, I review University of Chicago Law School professor Eric Posner’s new book on demagogues… Read more »

Talking UNION with Majority Report’s Sam Seder

Yesterday I had an enjoyable conversation with Sam Seder of the “Majority Report” podcast about the struggle to create a story of United States nationhood in the 19th century and… Read more »

An Online Event for UNION for Press Herald Subscribers, July 22

The Portland Press Herald is hosting a special event for subscribers: an online conversation between myself and Pulizter Prize-winning journalist and Press Herald digital editor Katherine Lee about Union: The… Read more »

Maine Sunday Telegram reviews UNION

Thanks to Thomas Urquhart for his review of my new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood, which recognizes the book’s position in an informal… Read more »

Talking UNION with KERA’s Think

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of being the guest on “Think,” the long-format interview show produced by KERA, the NPR affiliate for Dallas, and carried on public radio… Read more »

Virtual book event for UNION, July 16

Back before the pandemic hit, my friends Nate Fick and Margaret Angell had very kindly planned to host a book launch party for Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story… Read more »

American Nations and the geography of the pandemic

The geography of the U.S. response to the Covid-19 pandemic follows, like so many other things in American life, the fissures of identified in American Nations to a startling degree…. Read more »