Progressive Advances in the Past 100 Years

This table is adapted from American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard. Any additional interpretation is mine and mine alone.

American Nations demonstrates how the United States is deeply divided along cultural boundaries, with Yankee Culture (New England, New York, The Midlands, and the Pacific Northwest) generally favoring progressive programs and the Dixie Culture (Deep South, Appalachia, and the Far west) adamantly opposed to all of these programs. Other pages on this site will go into more detail about how this cultural divide manifests in the US today and the results of this perpetual conflict between cultural alliances. A map illustrating the regional cultures can be found here.

 Issue

Right Wing/Dixie Culture
Left Wing/Yankee Culture
 Abortion Rights/Reproductive Rights 
Opposed
Favor
 Accurate History 
Opposed 
Favor
 Anti-War 
Opposed 
Favor
 Atheism 
Opposed 
Allow
 Banning religion in schools 
Opposed 
Favor
 Biblical Criticism 
Opposed 
Favor
 Bill of Rights 
Opposed 
Favor
 Checks on Corporate Power 
Opposed 
Favor
 Child Abuse Prevention
Opposed 
Favor
 Child Labor Laws 
Opposed 
Favor
 Choice 
Opposed 
Favor
 Civil Rights 
Opposed 
Favor
 Critical Thinking 
Opposed 
Favor
 Democracy for All 
Opposed 
Favor
 Education (state-run, universal) 
Opposed 
Favor
 Energy Regulation 
Opposed 
Favor
 Environmental Protection 
Opposed 
Favor
 Equal Opportunity for All 
Opposed 
Favor
 Evolution 
Opposed 
Favor
 Fair Tax Structure 
Opposed 
Favor
 Feminism 
Opposed 
Favor
 Financial Regulation 
Opposed 
Favor
 Freedom from Oppression 
Opposed 
Favor
 Freethinking 
Opposed 
Favor
 Gay Marriage 
Opposed 
Favor
 Gay Rights 
Opposed 
Favor
 Green Movement 
Opposed 
Favor
 Intellectualism 
Opposed 
Favor
 Interracial Dating and Marriage 
Opposed 
Favor
 Justice for All 
Opposed 
Favor
 Labor Protection/Unions 
Opposed 
Favor
 Liberal Theology 
Opposed 
Favor
 Melting Pot 
Opposed 
Favor
 Milk for Children 
Opposed 
Favor
 Minimum Wage 
Opposed 
Favor
 Modern Art 
Opposed 
Favor
 Modernism 
Opposed 
Favor
 Multiculturalism 
Opposed 
Favor
 Playgrounds and Parks 
Opposed 
Favor
 Racial Equality 
Opposed 
Favor
 Science 
Opposed 
Favor
 Secular Humanism 
Opposed 
Favor
 Secularism 
Opposed 
Favor
 Separation of Church and State 
Opposed 
Favor
 Sexual Freedom 
Opposed 
Favor
 Social Justice 
Opposed 
Favor
 Social Safety Net 
Opposed 
Favor
 Temperance and Prohibition 
Opposed 
Favored 
 Universal Health Care 
Opposed 
Favor
 Urban Planning 
Opposed 
Favor
 Voting Rights 
Opposed 
Favor
 War on Poverty 
Opposed 
Favor
 Women's Rights 
Opposed 
Favor
 Women's Suffrage 
Opposed 
Favor
 Workplace Safety 
Opposed 
Favor
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