Sunday, October 26, 2003

Where Exactly Is Dixie?





The red-shaded area on the map above is generally inhabited primarily by Southerners. The blue-shaded areas are populated mostly by Yankees. Yes, that includes about 50% of Florida.


The areas shaded in light green, while often thought of by Yankees as "Southern," are actually populated by Hillbilllies. Southerners make a huge distinction between these two cultural groups (think of Rhett Butler as compared to Jedd Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies...got it now?). While most Hillbillies are geographically situated in the South, this does not make them Southerners by any means. Generations of sharp cultural differences make Hillbillies vividly distinct and separate from their Southern cousins (and yes, there are Hillbillies and Southerners within the same families).


The areas shaded in pink are populated by Southern Wannabes - people who think they're Southern, but who, by their lifestyle choices and heritage, don't make the cut. This is an interesting group, members of which sometimes think of themselves as Yankees, but who secretly (or openly) desire to be labeled as "Southern." Note that these areas include a large portion of Kentucky (about as un-Southern a state as ever existed), plus all of Metro Nashville, the northern suburbs of Atlanta (heavily populated with Yankee transplants), Hilton Head, South Carolina, and a section of central Florida. With only a minor shift, any of these regions could easily become full-fledged blue or orange territories, i.e., Yankee or Midwesterner.


Beyond these areas, we have regions inhabited by Midwesterners, Cowboys, and Mountaineers - all groups that could never under any circumstances be considered "Southern."


Please remember that these boundaries are fluid, and that they wander back and forth from time to time. Areas shrink and grow, and are always subject to change. For example, if Huntsville, Ala., picks up a few more Yankee immigrants, they'll soon probably have to be shaded pink!


With that in mind, these regions shouldn't be considered set in stone, but rather as approximate guidelines for consideration by the student of Southern culture.

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

How bout western NC and Eastern Tennesse? It seems to me you left out the App. mountains. Ever been there before? I don't know about N. Virginia being consider southern. In order to put this out you need to visit the entire south.

Instead of cowboy it should be cowboy/mexican.

Anonymous said...

So right on Florida

I would include all of Tennesse and more of Arkansas. That is bull@#!% about western NC not being Southern.

My top southern states:
1.Alamaba
2.Georgia
3.S. Carolina
4.Mississippi
5.N. Carolina
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8.Arkansas

Anonymous said...

you've really got north virginia as southern, but not one single piece of kentucky land as southern? where did you go in kentucky that was so unsouthern?

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Anonymous said...

South Carolina is only #3? That's BS. SC should be number 1.

Reasoning: First state to leave the Union, started the civil war, literally. The first shots were fired in Charleston on January 9, 1861.

How the hell is Georgia more southern than SC? Riddle me that Batman.

Anonymous said...

agreed, SC is most def #1 most southern state. Fucking A they still want to leave the Union there. Im from NC, only left dixie once in my life, and i say the real order should go like this

1)SC most def.
2)GA (except ATL wtf happened there?)
3)Bama (they call it Bama for cryin out loud)
4)TN (HEllO)
5)NC (Baccer,Yams, and Bitches baby)
6)MS (the caucasian regions)
7)TX (the eastern 75%)
8)North FL (those kids are fucking country)
9)VA (only the southern 75%)
10)LA
11)MD (yeah even Maryland is kinda southern, Delaware hell no)

Anonymous said...

I have to say I think the southern/central parts of Kentucky should be considered Southern. Bourbon and horse racing, mint juleps and sweet tea reign supreme in this area. There's a rare Saturday in Lexington during football or race season that you don't happen upon a group of ladies in cowboy boots and gentlemen in bow ties sippin' on bourbon and tailgating SEC style.

Anonymous said...

Almost all of Arkansas should be red, especially all of eastern AR. It is the Mississippi delta and as southern as it gets. The remainder of Arkansas should be green with the exception of extreme NWA that could maybe labeled as Midwestern or even Yankee because of the large influx from the north.

Anonymous said...

What the hell TX is beat by TN TX was on of the fist states to leave the union TN was the last

Anonymous said...

I meant to say first, sorry

Anonymous said...

I also meant to say one

Anonymous said...

My top southern states
1.La
2.TX
3.Sc
4.MS
5.NC
6.GA
7.VA
8.MO
Even MO is kinda southern

7.p

Anonymous said...

I think that more of TX should be southern there teeth are considered bling

Anonymous said...

Little Rock and Hot Springs are definitely Dixie (red). In fact most of Arkansas should be in red except for the northwestern part (insert argument here). Memphis doesn't scream Dixie to me except form the food. Again insert argument here.

Just my two cents from LR.

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Meade Skelton Haufe said...

I agree with the map for the Most Part. I think all of Virginia should be included as Southern because its the oldest Southern state- even Northern Virginia. Robert E . Lee was from there. Kentucky tries so hard to be Southern but its not. At least not naturally. They try too hard, and thats why I think its mostly fake Southern. Only East TX is the South, Much of FL is not the South either. The map is pretty accurate if you ask me.

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