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    Colin Woodward's "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America."

    Woodard notes that Tidewater (and Deep South and Borderland) elites focused on LIBERTIES (Latin libertas) - an idea from classical republicanism of ancient Greece and Rome where the learned focused on THEIR liberties as enlightened rulers in a naturally ordered, hierarchical society. Leaders such as Washington, Jefferson, and Madison emulated the learned, slave-holding elite of Athens.

    In contrast, the Germanic concept of freiheit, FREEDOM, informed political thought of Yankeedom and the Midlands. Such freedom was the birthright of free individuals, equal before the law. Many Anglo-Saxon tribes had the right to rule themselves through assemblies, as seen in the Icelandic Althingi and the town meetings of New England.

    Interestingly to me, these concepts are similar to the priestly and prophetic strains of Christianity and/or to Public vs. Private Protestantism.

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