From The New Ledger, Paul Cella on American Exceptionalism (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4). Altered states: The strange history of efforts to redraw the New England map. An interview with Michael Kammen, author of Digging Up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials (and more and more and more). A look at 5 lesser known (completely ridiculous) American civil wars. Illegal immigrants are breaking the law of the land; Joseph Carens makes the moral case for waiving it. Chris Hedges on the New Secessionists. The United States is a jury-rigged country put together following the outlines of a myth suggested in the Declaration of Independence, which Americans think is part of the Old Testament. A review of American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never Made It Into the Textbooks by Seymour Morris. A review of Jeremiah’s Prophecies: The End of the United States by Charles Brannan. A review of The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map by Peter Stark. Should California be its own country? Charlie Rose interviews Joel Kotkin, author of The Next Hundred Million. Mark Twain’s life and stories revolved around the Mississippi; Laura Barton follows the river across ten states to see it through his eyes. A review of Rebound: Why America Will Emerge Stronger From the Financial Crisis by Stephen Rose. A review of Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character by Claude Fischer (and more and more). Greil Marcus on the making of A New Literary History of America (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5). An interview with Kirkpatrick Sale on the Vermont secession movement. A review of The Taming of the American Crowd: From Stamp Riots to Shopping Sprees by Al Sandine.