Southern Distinction

Southern Distinction - What Makes the South Distinctive The south as a region has throughout history been at once a part of and at odds with the

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What Makes the South Distinctive? The south as a region has throughout history been at once a part of and at odds with the rest of the United States. The staunch independence of character in this region is due to several different influences and is unlike any other in our vast country. The racial tensions, agricultural lifestyle and genteel manners of the south combine to create an aura of the surreal admired or disdained by outsiders. The south is very much a product of its origins and history although quite different than many may perceive. When the New World was being colonized it didn’t take settlers long to discover the rich fertile soil and temperate weather of the south to be ideal for agriculture. A plantation economy was founded through the agricultural production of indigo, tobacco and cotton. The crops were highly profitable and through the use of slave labor and indentured servitude, the plantation owners were able to amass much wealth. Small independent farmers were plentiful as well though they hardly amassed enough to
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2009 for the course ENG/HIST 299H taught by Professor Walker/tekulve during the Spring '06 term at Converse.

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Southern Distinction - What Makes the South Distinctive The south as a region has throughout history been at once a part of and at odds with the

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