Too Many Cultures To Fit Into “One Indivisible Nation?”

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Back in the 1990s I picked up a book in a used book store in Delavan, Wisconsin called The Nine Nations of North America by Joel Garreau, published way back in 1981. Mr. Garreau’s contention was that “Whatever the political maps may say, our continent is not divided into 50 states and three countries. What we really are is: The Nine Nations of North America.” Whatever else you may think of Mr. Garreau’s worldview, on this question he does have a valid point.

Mr. Garreau went on to display a map of North America in the center of his book that displayed the “nine nations” of North America and their approximate boundaries and he then discussed the separate cultures of each of the nine areas.

One of the cultural areas he listed was (and still is) “Dixie.” And, for him, Dixie went as far north as Indianapolis, Indiana and as far west as Dallas, Texas. From Fort Worth all the way to Denver, Colorado was another cultural area he labeled as “The Breadbasket.” West of that, all the way to the Sierra Nevada mountains  was what he called “The Empty Quarter”–the Far West, except for the Left Coast which was and is a totally different cultural milieu from any of the rest. Again, I can’t disagree overly much with him here. I remember the first time I went west, many years ago now,  that as I crossed over from Arizona and Nevada into eastern California, it didn’t take me too long to realize that “this ain’t the West.” Geographically it was, but not culturally. And the difference between California and Nevada and Arizona increased the further west you went in California. The same principle applies pretty much to Washington and Oregon. The eastern part of those states has some really pretty high desert country, but when you get in proximity to the coast, it’s a whole other animal. Different cultures altogether.

I wrote about Garreau’s book in a couple articles years ago because his theory seemed to have some validity, and I think it still does. Just recently I came across information about another book along the same lines, written by Colin Woodard, called American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. Mr. Woodard does the same thing Mr. Garreau did regarding North America only he breaks it down into eleven separate cultures instead of nine. Only I’m not sure that the cultures of Dixie and the Far West are really rivals. I think, in most instances, they compliment one another because they have the same problems with the same types of people (overweening government bureaucrats). Mr. Woodard’s book is reviewed on a site called for those who might want to check it out.

It’s interesting how similar his map of North America is to Mr. Garreau’s, and yet there are differences. In Woodard’s book what we call Dixie is divided into four parts; the traditional Deep South, and above that what he calls “Greater Appalachia.  Then there is Tidewater Virginia and North Carolina, and liberal South Louisiana. But he notes that, generally, the Deep South and Greater Appalachia  have pretty much similar traditions and views of politics and government. These folks, in both areas, just want to be left alone and want the government to butt out of their lives. Both areas have strong, vibrant, colorful cultures, which the Left and East Coasts are trying to destroy. Their cultures remain strong, even after the continued assaults by the shock troops of the Left, financed by socialist millionaires, which have sought to weaken their (our) culture, heritage and traditions. Dixie may not push back as loudly as we could wish sometimes against her adversaries, but she does push back.

In fact, with some of the cultural genocide that has been practiced on this part of the country it is obvious that Dixie’s culture is totally at odds with the culture of the Left Coast and the East Coast, as well as that of many major cities. And, considering the cultural clash between the two, you have to give serious consideration to the question of whether the two opposing cultures would be better off separated into two distinct “nations.” Should that be the case (and I would not argue against it) all the folks in the South would need to do is to chase the Leftists out of the South, back to their preferred areas of habitation, under their own rocks, and find some way to make them leave the South alone. Separate countries might help that situation to some extent.

How to do that might just be the “sixty-four dollar question” because it is a known fact that the Leftists want to make the rest of the country as miserable as they are and they are willing to work hard at that. All things said, cultural separation as well as geographical separation might be best for everyone. We’ll just have to see where all this goes, but one thing is evident–Dixie needs to fight to hang onto its culture, faith, history and traditions and not left the Leftists turn us into yet another Socialist Great Swamp.

7 thoughts on “Too Many Cultures To Fit Into “One Indivisible Nation?”

  1. That’s interesting Al. I have always been of the opinion that America is a nation of 3 cultures: 1) Native American, Continental Europe and Great Britain.

    American Natives have been in what we call “America” for thousands of years. They called America “Turtle Island”. Then came mostly immigrants from Great Britain who settle in primary the southeastern region of America and created the Antebellum era, “the era before The War”, and third the northeastern region of America came immigrants from Continental Europe.

    The 2nd and 3rd migration brought cultural problems no one talks about today. But, any serious and truthful history researcher knows that Great Britain and Continental Europe had been at constant and deadly war for literally in some cases hundreds of years. Both factions hated each other and attacked each other at the drop of a hat. Those long held animosities didn’t just disappear because they immigrated to North America…

    The southeastern agriculture region found wealth in first Tobacco and later Cotton. The northeastern region had no region-wide industry on which to build wealth. They did have the New World Slave Trade industry along their Atlantic coasts but not all across the northeast. The northeastern farmers did attempt to duplicate the southeast’s success with Tobacco and Cotton but soon learned their weather and soil was not suited to produce quality Tobacco and Cotton as was the southeast. Their farmers did very well with perishable crops and grains but the would not stand the long voyages across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. Their crops had to be distributed locally. The southeastern agriculture industries focused on growing Tobacco and Cotton because they were non-perishable products that would withstand the long voyages to Europe and particularly Great Britain. These climate and soil conditions forced the northeastern leaders to search for another region-wide industry that their businessmen and residents could gain wealth from. They decided on a manufacturing industry. But, a region-wide industry required a region-wide industrial infrastructure…and that cost money, lots of money. The northeast leaders formed the pro-industry new Republican Party in 1858 and successfully won a majority in Congress and elected their first President Abraham Lincoln, with only 39% of the vote in a four party race. Lincoln and many of the new Republican Party leaders and members were former leaders and members of the pro-industry defunct Whig Party, in 1860.

    Meanwhile northeastern business tycoons, who would come to be called “Robber Barons” for their power over the Federal Government and their co-conspirator politicians in the Federal Government develop a plan, actually an unethical scheme, to pack the U.S. House of Representatives, much like Roosevelt attempted with the Supreme Court in the early 1940s, to insure a long term control over the U.S. Government and the tariff and duty laws and collections.

    This packing of Congress with pro-industry delegates along with a pro-industry President, Lincoln, who was eagerly willing to sign tax bills punitive to southern agriculture and their overseas trading partners, but which beneficial to northeastern manufacturing states, betrayed the long standing trust between the northeast and southeast regions of North America and the former Great Britain and Continental Europe factions in North America. This motivated the southeast leaders and politicians to consider withdrawing from the voluntary union they had voluntarily joined and form their own agriculture based nation where they could make their own tax laws…

    Lincoln saw it as his personal duty to collect the “imposts”, i.e. taxes and began, even before his inauguration, with his Union General Scott, to develop war plans to invade and enslave the southeast agriculture region to generate funds to build the northeastern region’s manufacturing infrastructure, which by the time he was inaugurated was the peaceful non-military capable Confederate States of America (March 1861). That Union military assault plan was called the “Anaconda Assault Plan’, and was developed by Scott before Lincoln took office.

    Lincoln, a narcissistic depressed sociopath (my opinion), followed the traits of his mental capability and plotted an incident at Fort Sumter, SC and Fort Pickens, FL to justify to northeastern residents a Union military assaults on both locations to use for marshaling war stores, troops, and ships to surround the southeast agriculture stats, along with a Union warship blockade of all seaports in the southeast to cut the entire southeastern agriculture region off form the rest of the world: Fort Sumter to martial troops to assault the southeast from Charleston Harbor west to the Mississippi River, and Fort Pickens in Pensacola Harbor to martial troops and ships to assault up the Mississippi River to link up with the Union forces from Charleston Harbor to complete the encirclement of the agriculture south…

    No, the south didn’t start a war…they had no military, no war resources and no navy. The south fought a defensive war and that cost the Confederacy the war… The sixty-four billion dollar question is, after defeating and forcing the entire southeast region into slave states, how would Lincoln, had he lived, who by then had shown his Despotic rule as a dictator of a Despotism, administer or rule them? Lincoln failed his northeastern business tycoon’s plans to collect southeast tariffs and duties to pay for their industrial infrastructure and turned against Lincoln for a second term. Who killed Lincoln” I don’t know, but those angry northeastern business tycoons had plenty of money to hire John Booth and his gang to do the job. Why were the Booth gang interrogation not released to the public and why were most hanged so quickly?

    See: usandfamilyhistory URL: ‘TRUE AMERICAN HISTORY” on left column list of categories…

    And, please order, from the Confederate Reprint Company or the “little book” by CSA Colonel Huger William Johnstone titled “THE TRUTH OF THE WAR CONSPIRACY OF 1861”. It validates everything I wrote in my eBook “Fort Sumter Plot” and I didn’t find the little book until after I had done all my research and writing…

    Al Barrs
    November 22, 2017

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