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Old 07-22-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Sherwood, Arkansas
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I have NEVER heard anyone say that Arkansas was anywhere other than the South. That's like thinking if you're in Memphis or Mississippi and then cross the Mississippi River into Arkansas, you are no longer in the South. All former CSA states are automatically southern states... And even the states of Oklahoma and Missouri that were not CSA states have strong southern influences. The South is a huge area, so of course the southern accents in Georgia and the Carolinas will sound different from accents in Texas and Arkansas. George Bush's accent for instance has more of a Texas twang which makes it much different from Jimmy Carter's accent, but no one would argue that either accent is not southern. There are many sub-cultures within the southern culture.

 
Old 07-22-2012, 10:01 AM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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I have friends from Arkansas. They refer their state "Mid-South".
A decent amount of people from Southeast Missouri also refer to their corner of the state as part of the Mid-South. Just all the more reason why I cannot see how anyone could consider Arkansas to be a midwestern state. Seeing as how Missouri south of U.S. 60 is part of the south in every way, when it comes down to it Arkansas doesn't really even border the midwest.
 
Old 07-23-2012, 06:12 AM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere Arkansas
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Southern culture isn't monolithic. Southern and eastern arkansas are actually quite close to that deep south antebellum culture we often think of,. Northwestern arkansas, the ozarks and the ouachita mountains, are closer to the appalachian culture. If you listen carefully to the accents you can tell a difference. Make no mistake tho as both cultures are definately "southern."

While certainly not midwestern I have heard it said that arkansas is where the south meets the west. That seems appropriate. I've never heard the term "mid south" nor have I ever heard of an arky who's used it.
 
Old 07-23-2012, 07:07 AM
 
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The term mid-south is fairly common around Memphis which includes eastern Arkansas. In the Memphis area, there is something called the Mid-South Fair which used to be held at the fairgrounds there which included Libertlyland and all it's rides. It is kind of like a state fair. It is now held across the state line in Mississippi.
 
Old 07-23-2012, 07:17 AM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere Arkansas
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The term mid-south is fairly common around Memphis which includes eastern Arkansas. In the Memphis area, there is something called the Mid-South Fair which used to be held at the fairgrounds there which included Libertlyland and all it's rides. It is kind of like a state fair. It is now held across the state line in Mississippi.
Quite remarkable. I was unaware of this. Of course, it's been literally years since I've been anywhere near memphis.
 
Old 07-23-2012, 07:48 AM
 
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From a southerner's perspective Arkansas is southern. Moderator cut: off topic

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Old 07-23-2012, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Arkansas
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The term mid-south is fairly common around Memphis which includes eastern Arkansas. In the Memphis area, there is something called the Mid-South Fair which used to be held at the fairgrounds there which included Libertlyland and all it's rides. It is kind of like a state fair. It is now held across the state line in Mississippi.

Whenever I went to college in Fayettville, there were several businesses there that used "Midsouth". Like "Midsouth Sporting Goods" or whatever. I can't quite remember the specific titles, but that seems to be where I heard the term the most. But I have heard it to describe the TN/AR/MS region, too.
 
Old 07-23-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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How did this ever get to be a 6-page thread anyway? It should have been "No. /thread"
 
Old 07-23-2012, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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How did this ever get to be a 6-page thread anyway? It should have been "No. /thread"
obviously it got to be 6 pages because it is a subject with several views, depending on where you live, what you consider south, and how much time you have spent in various parts of the country, especially Arkansas. Like many states, it is something different to many people. You live in Chic, I have seen threads about Chic that are all over the place. That is what we are seeing here: different opinions, all very interesting, I might add.
 
Old 07-23-2012, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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obviously it got to be 6 pages because it is a subject with several views, depending on where you live, what you consider south, and how much time you have spent in various parts of the country, especially Arkansas. Like many states, it is something different to many people. You live in Chic, I have seen threads about Chic that are all over the place. That is what we are seeing here: different opinions, all very interesting, I might add.
Moderator cut: personal attack

If Arkansas is considered "Midwest" then we might as well do away with regional distinctions altogether.

Last edited by Kimballette; 07-23-2012 at 12:02 PM.. Reason: personal attack
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