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South and develop measures that better define the region of the present and the
future. As Griffin notes, we need to think about southern distinctiveness “in new
ways, ways that lay bare some of its hidden and problematic assumptions.” 19 Mapping and explaining the locations of businesses with “New South” or “Sun Belt” in
the title may very well present a different picture of the South. Likewise, a study of
the number of businesses in Spanish could tell an important story about the magnitude and character of Latin migration to the region. No matter the result, this
type of work can build upon Reed’s legacy in an effort to better answer the question, “what and where is the South?” 86 sout hern cultures, W inter 2010 : Cooper and Knotts notes
1. We use the language of sociologists Merle and Earl Black, who label the five southern states
with the largest black population the “Deep South” (Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, and Alabama) and remaining states the “Peripheral South” (North Ca...
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