The Civil War made the United States “One” from “Many” – but only for Northern Republicans

Friday, 28. April 2023
LSE blog United States Politics and Policy

"While the United States is considered to be a singular entity, at the beginning of its history most of its people saw the country as a collection of states. In new research, Melissa M. Lee and Nan Zhang examine how 19th century newspapers referred to the United States, finding that by 1900, Americans were more likely to say, “the United States is”, and that this change happened much more slowly in the South. They argue that this difference may be down to radical members of the Republican Party in the North who wished to promote the idea of a strong national government in the wake of the Civil War. (...)"

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