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Unformatted text preview: the proportion of native southerners. These demographic shifts have resulted in political outcomes different from the majority of
the (solid Republican) South, including support for then-Democratic candidate
Barack Obama in 2008.1
Contrast these three states with places like Oklahoma and Kentucky. Neither
was part of the Confederacy, yet both possess cultural characteristics that look a lot
like the other states in the traditional South. Toby Keith, perhaps the best-known
country musician today, hails from Oklahoma and wears his southern identity like
a badge of honor, releasing an album titled Shock’n Y’all and frequently appearing
in his music videos alongside a Confederate flag. Political scientists Gary Copeland, Rebecca Cruise, and Ronald Keith Gaddie agree that Oklahoma is increasingly southern, citing the growth in the Republican Party and the Christian Right
as prime examples of Oklahoma’s regional identity. They argue that “Oklahoma—
then an Indian territory—was not a state at the time of the Civil War, but many
of the events and cultural factors t...
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