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the present-day South. Likewise, southern identity in Texas was difficult to find in
our study. We did, however, discover ties to the South in somewhat unexpected
places, like Oklahoma and West Virginia. Our focus on intra-South distinctions
demonstrates that scholars and those interested in the South may want to move
past old definitions of the region and focus on the ways citizens in different states
do or do not identify with the South.
Perhaps most importantly, our study highlights the benefits of Reed’s approach
to studying the South. As Reed demonstrated, you can learn a great deal by transcending traditional definitions of the South and examining clues from the region’s culture. In particular our work emphasizes the benefits of studying naming patterns because we believe that business names tell us a lot about the South’s
sense of shared identity and the degree of southern “otherness.” Clearly parts of
the South share a common identity, but these parts may not always be the same
ones that appear in the political and historical definitions of the region.18
We hope that future work can expand...
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This document was uploaded on 01/20/2014.
- Spring '14