GEOG201 Week 6 Assignment
Dr. Russell Graves
March 11, 2011
Chapter 9, Review Question #4 (page 188).
What are the major components of “Southern
The South can be viewed as a geographic composite of beliefs, attitudes, patterns, habits,
and institutions associated with life in the entire group of southeastern states (Birdsall, Palka,
Malinowski, & Price, 2009, p. 167). Local expressions of Southern culture have spread across
the larger region and beyond. One style of Southern country music, for example, focuses on
Nashville, Tennessee; another style carries the name of the Bluegrass Basin in Kentucky; a third,
called Old-Timey, is associated with the southern Appalachians. The blues are a legacy of
Memphis, Tennessee. New Orleans jazz carries the city’s name, wherever it is played. Gospel
music is prevalent throughout most of the South, and several styles of gospel exist (Birdsall,
Palka, Malinowski, & Price, 2009, p. 168).
Stock-car racing, a popular “good-ole-boy” tradition which originated almost entirely in
North and South Carolina, was ostensibly born from moonshine runners who once raced their
cargoes along back roads at night from Appalachia’s foothills to urban centers on the Piedmont
(Birdsall, Palka, Malinowski, & Price, 2009, p. 168).
Slavery also played a role in Southern culture. Plantations that contained mostly African
slaves gave a partial African mix to Southern culture, especially in the types of foods created and
cooked. Another facet of the South’s culture is Southerners’ adherence to evangelical Protestant
religions, most notably Southern Baptists (Birdsall, Palka, Malinowski, & Price, 2009, p. 171).
Chapter 9, Review Question #7 (page 188).
Explain how the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta can be
described as a microcosm of several aspects of the South.