HIS 1050 (AI)

American Civilization Since World War II (3 credits)

Demographics & Geography

"As democratic convictions became settled . . . 'the people' emerged increasingly as the true sovereign, and the conception gained ground that 'the people' is sane and sound, and its voice, at least to some extent, is sacred."
Werner Stark,  Sociology of Religion: A Study of Christendom (Fordham University Press, 1966-72) vol. 1, p. 188

“The values of the weak prevail because the strong have taken them over as devices of leadership.”
Nietzsche, Will to Power, § 863

Hogarth, William, Beer Street, 1750
The links below provide further details on the physiography of North America.

Map Quiz Tutorial, North America: Physiographic Regions

United States physiographic regions

Physical geography (also known as geosystems or physiography) is one of the two major subfields of geography[1], as opposed to the cultural or built environment, the domain of human geography. Within the body of physical geography, the Earth is often split either into several spheres or environments, the main spheres being the atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and pedosphere. Research in physical geography is often interdisciplinary and uses the systems approach.

Physical geography is that branch of science which deals with the study of processes and patterns in the natural environment like atmosphere, biosphere and geosphere.

from Wikipedia

American history has been and continues to be shaped by the physical geography of North America.  The coastal plain, conducive to large-scale culitivation of cotton and tobacco, was critical to the development of a slave-based society.   The Great PPlanes: wheat and cattle; thde  lower great lakes region, the gorwth of the gretst conctation of machno-metal manfutiring in the wrld, at one time. 
A Tapestry of Time and Terrain:
The Union of Two Maps - Geology and Topography
for more detail, click on physiographic regions of the United States
The 2000 version of the Population Distribution in the United States map reflects population data from the 2000 Decennial Census. The U.S. land area is shown in black against a midnight blue background in which the population locations are shown as if lights were visible during the night sky. White dots coalesce to form the urban population concentrations.

you should be able to identify physiographic regions and urban concentrations.

Census 2000 Population Distribution in the United States

  from “Religion and the Presidential Vote,”
The Pew Research Center, 12-6-04


glen largest
Major themes

Culture war (Wiki)
What's the Matter with Kansas  


Concentration of U.S. Parts Plants
(click for larger version of map below)
from Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, October 20,2005,
 Delphi and Midwest Auto Parts


United States, 2008 Presidential Election
see Electoral Explorer

Data from the DailyKos, "Birthers are mostly Republican and Southern," by kos, Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 08:20:37 AM PDT

The Research 2000 findings were pulled together from a survey of 2,400 adults

Poll question: Do you believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America or not?

Choices: Yes   No   Not sure

No + Not Sure = variable graphed

regional variation

NBC News poll from   firstread.msnbc.msn.com/
Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 9:16 AM
by Domenico Montanaro

Centration: focusing on only one aspect, and that is demonized;
paranoid moral theater: evil-doing in the guise of reform

            variation by network

Institutions, Organizations, and Inter-Organizational Networks

from Charles Perrow, Organizing America: Wealth, Power, and the Origins of Corporate Capitalism (Princeton University Press, 2002), pp. 3-8 (emphasis added):

This book ends with the decade 1910.  In future work I intend to show how the organizational revolution that the railroads effcted spread to government, schools, and religious and voluntary organizations in subsequent decades.  But by 1910 or so, the organizational mold was set. Big bureaucratic organizations were turned out in all sectors in society, making it the form of choice for public and private problem solving by the end of World War II.  The relevance of family, friendship groups, neighborhood associations, and small independent business and social service organzations conversely waned.  Their vital functions, once a right of citizenship rather than of employment status, were increasingly absorbed by large organizations, creating a "society of organizations" rather than communities.  The centralization of wealth and power increased in the nineteenth century as a result of the growth of large organizations.  Not until the 1930s was it checked, as a result of steady, if mild, redistributive efforts over the next forty years by the federal government and by a variety of political and voluntary organizations.  But centralization surged again in the 1970s and continued through the end of the century, as large private organizations grew, and wealth was further concentrated.


from Americans Losing Their Faith in Faith ... And Everything Else
by Nate Silver

Note the absence of critical elite institutions: think tanks, law firms

Century Foundation
Committee for Economic Development

Trilateral Commission

American Enterprise Institute
Heritage Foundation

(metropolitan) regional
Men of Montgomery
Committees of 100
Detroit Rennaussance
New Detroit

James Allen Smith, author of Idea Brokers: Think Tanks and the Rise of the Policy Elite,

The World of Washington
Think Tanks

Anti-Obama Billboard: President? or Jihad?
By CSPANJunkie Tuesday Nov 24, 2009 2:00pm
November 23, 2009 MSNBC The ED Show

Abjection and ressentiment can be distinguished most readily by their different relationships to temporality and to the urge for vengeance: abjection suffers constantly new, and usually externally imposed, slights and degradation, whereas ressentiment is trapped forever in the slights of the past.  . . . .  What “empowers” someone afflicted by ressentiment is the intensely focused, but impotent hatred with which he feeds his sense of having been treated unfairly, and his hope of someday forcing others to suffer in his place.  Bernstein, 28