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of Congress. 72 Some states just don’t feel all that southern anymore. Take Virginia as an example.
Virginia is the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and the capital of the Confederacy. Two
hundred years ago there was little doubt that Virginia was not only southern but,
arguably, the core of the region. Today, however, many inhabitants of the Old
Dominion state seem more like they belong in the Northeast than in the South.
In Northern Virginia, where residents are more likely to be career government
bureaucrats than members of industries that have long driven the southern economy, attachment to the South seems to be declining. Similar stories can be written
about the decline of southern identity in North Carolina’s Research Triangle and
Florida’s burgeoning I-4 corridor. In substantial portions of these states, sushigrade tuna and low-fat mocha lattes are taking their place beside barbecue and
sweet tea. Demographically, these peripheral South states have experienced an influx of Latinos and a decline in...
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