[Tommy Meyerson is one of the capable interns who keeps the traffic moving on Via Meadia. As one of WRM’s students at Yale he found the transition to working on the blog easy; we are losing him this month to the USMC. Their gain, our loss. From time to time interns and other Team Mead associates contribute book reviews or other articles under their own name to the blog; the following book review is by Tommy Meyerson.]A fascinating book on American regionalism is just out by journalist Colin Woodard. In American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, he explores the different cultures that he depicts as 11 different “nations” within the United States. You can quibble with his definitions and descriptions (and as a Maine Yankee he is of course subject to his own regional bias!) but his characterization of cultures such as Appalachia, Midlands, and “Yankeedom” as distinct entities with centuries-old formative histories – but which are as discrete and influential as ever – is insightful and important for understanding this strikingly diverse country. It’s an argument that demographers and historians have been teasing out for decades and that anyone who follows red-state blue-state politics can intuit, but which few in the general public ever actually identify. Check out some short articles by Woodard for a taste of what he’s talking about.