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, despite the rise of social media and the internet, factors that would cause our cultures […]

Effects of the Recession

This section of Our Patchwork Nation focused on the economic downturn of 2008, and how it affected each nation differently. Chinni and Gimpel state that each nation’s response to the economic collapse varied. Some unemployment rates went up a lot more than others did, mainly in poorer nations. Obviously, the rich have been less affected […]

Effects of the Recession

This section of Our Patchwork Nation focused on the economic downturn of 2008, and how it affected each nation differently. Chinni and Gimpel state that each nation’s response to the economic collapse varied. Some unemployment rates went up a lot more than others did, mainly in poorer nations. Obviously, the rich have been less affected […]

Racial Divides

In this section of Our Patchwork nation, I was most struck by the section regarding Minority Central. Here, Chinni and Gimpel cite the extreme racial divides that still exist today. In Baton Rouge, “people of different races walk by one another on the street living in separate realities.”(87) While it’s obvious that racism still exists, […]

Our Patchwork Nation vs American Nations

I found the concept of Our Patchwork Nation to be fascinating while reading. While this book has a similar concept to American Nations,the premise is a bit different. Instead of carving out giant pieces of the country, the authors instead found countie…