Thursday, August 3, 2017

Talking news of the week with NPR's On Point, August 4

NPR's "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook is in town this week, and tomorrow, August 4, I'll be joining them live in studio from 10 to 11 am Eastern to talk about the news and developments of the week. Hope you can take a listen. [Update, 16:07 ET: the audio of the program is online now.]

The second hour of the program will also come to you from Portland, Maine, featuring a conversation  being recorded tonight at the University of Southern Maine about a big issue in this little-but-popular city, gentrification pressures.

I was previously a guest on the program a few years back, talking about the golden age pirates.


  1. Mr. Woodard, I enjoyed your book and I have a few questions regarding it. This is of course a bit off topic regarding your post here but here goes. What is the difference between the four Dixie nations especially regarding Greater Appalachia and the Deep South? I understand that the Deep South is oligarchical in nature and focused on a type of exploitative neoplantation resource based economy and that Greater Appalachia has more of a populist anarchical rather than authoritarian bent. However my question is more in terms of the average person in these nations rather than the elite.

    Basically what is the difference between a redneck from Greater Appalachia and one from the Deep South? Both define liberty as freedom from government, are conservative socially, are very religious, and possess a militaristic honor culture. Basically my question is what is the difference in culture between an average non elite citizen of Appalachia, the Deep South and Tidewater?

    Also regarding New France in southern Louisiana, politically speaking the Cajuns are extremely far removed from the Quebecois. The Louisiana section of New France is deep, deep red. What exactly does Acadian Louisiana have in common with the Quebecois to where you classify th as the same nation and what explains the difference in political behavior? Thank you in advance.

    1. I apologize for the odd spaces in my post as I am typing from my phone.

  2. I don't have a great answer to your question on the Cajuns. They *used* to vote differently from their Deep Southern neighbors, but now don't at all. I'd like to know myself what happened over the past forty years or so.

    A quick answer to your other question: Greater Appalachian culture does not accept claims of inherited superiority by would-be oligarchs. The white underclass in Tidewater and Deep South has historically accepted these claims, though in some states there were (authoritarian) populist uprisings in the early 20th century, leading to brief creations of semi-dictatorships under people like Huey Long or Ted Bilbo.