In the mid-19th century, the New York Historical Society advocated changing the name of the United States to the Republic of Allegania, appealing to the fact that the Allegheny Mountains “bind the country together.” That suggestion prompted others, including this one by South Carolina novelist, poet, and historian William Gilmore Simms: “I conscientiously believe that if the nation was called Squash, Americans would not be conscious of any awkwardness.”

Courtesy Dr. David Healy

2 thoughts on “Thought for the Day

  1. Will Healy? Is that Jerry Healy’s son? I think i have met you over the years at Trout Lake Camp – same Healy?

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