A Homogeneous Culture

The section regarding culture in Our Patchwork Nation left me with a few questions. From the beginning, Chinni and Gimpel write “geographically definable cultures have not disappeared from the United States – not yet at least.” (188) In other words,...

Optimism is the Key

The “Conclusion” chapter in Our Patchwork Nation, in addition to summing up Chinni and Gimpel’s analysis, proposes a theory of American unity. In this final section, Chinni and Gimpel cite a 2008 Pew Research Center for the People and the Press...

Time for Tea

Through the exploration of counties by community types, set forth by Chinni and Gimpel, I found the Tea Party “movement” trend most interesting.  While many politicians and citizens alike have dismissed the efforts of the Tea Party as being nonsensical and ultimately...

America: Land of Books and Guns

Stereotypes were very prevalent in the first half of the culture section of Patchwork Nation. The stereotypes that most people have tend to be based off of preconceived notions. One stereotype that was proven to be inaccurate by Chinni and Gimpel was how Republicans...

Summing it up for the Final Blog Post!!!!!

When we started reading Our Patchwork Nation, I was most concerned that Chinni and Gimpel neglected to account for some sort of fundamental ideology that ran consistently throughout the United States, or at least some mention of the idea that in different places...
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