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Will There Be a Civil War?

A few good reasons to think not

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Forty years ago, an ingenious reporter for The Washington Post undertook a map-making project that has stuck with me ever since. Joel Garreau in a book carved the Unites States and its near neighbors into what he called The Nine Nations of North America (Houghton Mifflin, 1981) and gave them each a capital. For copyright reasons, I cannot reproduce Garreau’s maps here, but I can describe them briefly, and you can glimpse them on the cover of his book, or get a copy from the library, or even buy one and then give it to some up-and-comer as a gift.