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Exchange Exemplar: Bringing us together over what brought us together

There's some agreement about where we started, but a bit of divergence about where we're headed. That's not really a new thing in the United States, and a lot of people hope the divergence is not great enough to lead to a shooting war.

Colin Woodard, a journalist, casts his gaze back into American history in a lot of his work, looking at the disparate threads that came to weave the fabric of the United States together.

And Woodard picks up the story in the 19th century, as the last of the 1776 generation died out. That's when the proper future of the republic became a source of great conflict.

Woodard's book on the period is Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood. We replay his interview from 2020 here.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.