By Colin Woodard
An illuminating heritage of North America's 11 rival cultural areas that explodes the pink state-blue kingdom fable.
North the US used to be settled by way of individuals with specific spiritual, political, and ethnographic features, growing neighborhood cultures which were at odds with each other ever due to the fact that. next immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" tradition, yet fairly into one of many 11 unique local ones that unfold over the continent each one staking out collectively unique territory.
In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a trip during the background of our fractured continent, and the rivalries and alliances among its part international locations, which agree to neither kingdom nor foreign limitations. He illustrates and explains why "American" values range sharply from one area to a different. Woodard unearths how intranational changes have performed a pivotal function at each element within the continent's heritage, from the yankee Revolution and the Civil conflict to the tumultuous sixties and the "blue county/red county" maps of contemporary presidential elections. American Nations is a innovative and revelatory tackle America's myriad identities and the way the conflicts among them have formed our prior and are molding our future.
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He performed the feng and shan sacrifices, corrected the calendar, and changed the symbolic colors. 115 In these comments on Emperor Wu’s accomplishments Sima Qian did not even mention the promotion of ru or ru learning. This does not square with the received “The Basic Annals of Emperor Wu,” which centers on the employment of ru and the struggles between ru and followers of Huang-Lao thought. 40 Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire If the received “The Basic Annals of Emperor Wu” is merely an excerpt from “The Treatise on the Feng and Shan Sacrifices” inserted into The Grand Scribe’s Records by Chu Shaosun, an interesting question emerges: why did Chu Shaosun not compile “The Basic Annals of Emperor Wu” by piecing together the historical materials scattered throughout Sima Qian’s book, as Ban Gu (32–92 CE) did one hundred years later; why did he cut and paste a section of one chapter and present it as an independent chapter, a clumsy fraud easily spotted by readers?
Empress Dowager Dou, an adherent of Huang-Lao thought, did engineer the impeachment of two ru officials appointed by Emperor Wu because she disliked ru teachings. But this is the only recorded conflict between Huang-Lao followers and ru that can be identified during the half century of Emperor Wu’s reign. 61 But Ji An openly reprehended whomever he disliked, and even Emperor Wu feared his criticism. Gongsun Hong locked horns not only with Ji but also with a number of other high officials, including some ru.
Twice Gongsun Hong was appointed to the position of Erudite through a recommendation from local government. The emperor dismissed him from his first appointment on a whim and later promoted him just as arbitrarily. Ni Kuan, who distinguished himself during his studies at the Imperial Academy, won the post of clerk to the Commandant of Justice (Tingweishi 廷尉史) on graduation. 94 When finally he was promoted, it was primarily due to Zhang Tang’s recommendation. A certificate from the Imperial Academy amounted to nothing but a ticket to sit in the remotest balcony of officialdom; success came from professional networking, not from specialized learning or education background.
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard