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and Arkansas. We are also happy to welcome Kentucky to the “pretty darn southern” category. (In 2007, the Lexington public library sponsored a panel discussion
called “Is Kentucky Southern?” Although we did not attend this discussion, our
answer would have been yes.)
The third category includes states that fall in the second tier of either D or
S scores. This category, labeled “sorta southern,” includes the Old Confederacy
states of Florida and Virginia and adds states from the Census South, such as
Oklahoma and West Virginia. Texas is surprisingly absent from this category. In
sum, our definition of the region moves beyond the eleven-state Old Confederacy and provides empirical evidence of some important intra-South distinctions.
Our map based on each state’s “S score” shows an east-west core and decreasing
southern identity in states like Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, and Florida.
Our “D score” map shows an even narrower definiti...
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- Spring '14
- Meridian, Southern United States, John Shelton Reed