Bye Bye, Miss American Empire:
Crusades to Redraw America's Political Map
By Bill Kauffman
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been almost a century and a half since a critical mass of Americans
believed that secession was an American birthright. But breakaway
movements large and small are rising up across the nation. From
Vermont to Alaska, activists driven by all manner of motives want to
form new states-and even new nations.
So, just what's
happening out there? The American Empire is dying, says Bill Kauffman
in this incisive, eye-opening investigation into modern-day
secession-the next radical idea poised to enter mainstream discourse.
And those rising up to topple that empire are a surprising mix of
conservatives, liberals, regionalists, and independents who-from
movement to movement-may share few political beliefs but who have one
thing in common: a sense that our nation has grown too large, and too
powerfully centralized, to stay true to its founding principles.
Bye, Miss American Empire traces the historical roots of the
secessionist spirit, and introduces us to the often radical, sometimes
quixotic, and highly charged movements that want to decentralize and