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Old 05-21-2012, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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I've been to LA and MS. I'd say southern LA is a different world to northern LA. Northern LA is little different to Mississippi or Alabama - the classic 'deep south'. Very Conservative, Protestant.etc. Southern LA is of course it's own thing. Can't see how northern LA or LA in general is more like AL than MS though. LA, MS, AL and GA are similar outside of southern Louisiana and the Atlanta metro.
I was about to make this very point. Culturally southern and northern LA are worlds apart. resident of Shreveport would find a move to Jackson, MS or Birmingham, AL less of an adjustment than to New Orleans.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:40 AM
 
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I've been to LA and MS. I'd say southern LA is a different world to northern LA. Northern LA is little different to Mississippi or Alabama - the classic 'deep south'. Very Conservative, Protestant.etc. Southern LA is of course it's own thing. Can't see how northern LA or LA in general is more like AL than MS though. LA, MS, AL and GA are similar outside of southern Louisiana and the Atlanta metro.

I look at LA as the hot bed for french influence but people tend to forget that the french generally influence the Gulf. Biloxi and Mobile are both french founded cities, Mobile even has a carnival tradition which is older than the New Orleans one. But again LA is hot bed where the french had the strongest presence it has a longer coast while Mississippi & Alabama are long vertically with smaller coast lines.

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Also beside Metro Atlanta Georgia is a southern British colonial state other than the Columbus area maybe Albany, Georgia is not like AL, MS, or LA. But I generally view all these states differently.

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I was about to make this very point. Culturally southern and northern LA are worlds apart. resident of Shreveport would find a move to Jackson, MS or Birmingham, AL less of an adjustment than to New Orleans.
But a resident of mobile, will find an adjustment to New Orleans or Birmingham about the same of a change.

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Old 05-21-2012, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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In my mind, I group Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia together (instead of Louisiana)...not because I think they are necessarily similar, but because they line up more or less all in a row on a map. I group them as a geographic trifecta (like Norway, Sweden, and Finland or Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia). In my mind, I suppose I think of Mississippi and Alabama as being the most similar, but I haven't spent a lot of time in either state...
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:50 AM
 
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to those of you who dont view south LA as agenuine part of the south because of the french/cajun aspect , I ask you this...

what about the french huguenots of Virginia and SC?

they seem like the quintessential southerners to me, planters, merchants and industrialists, mostly rich and successful.

is the fact they were protestant makes all the difference?
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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By voting patterns, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama go together. Look at the percentage of white vote!

http://www.pollster.com/blogs/StateVotebyRace2.php?nr=1

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They also have some of the largest black population % at the same time. Also, the only 3 states that had a large drop in % of democrat presidential vote from 2004 to 2008. In contrast, North Carolina the democrat candidate had a 5% gain. Without making guesses on the cause, it does suggest they have a distinct political culture.

Another article says Obama won the white vote in New Orleans.

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Old 05-21-2012, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Separate the coastal areas (I-10 corridor) from the rest and yes.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:24 PM
 
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to those of you who dont view south LA as agenuine part of the south because of the french/cajun aspect , I ask you this...

what about the french huguenots of Virginia and SC?
There's very little French Huguenot influence in SC, and the little that's there is relegated to Charleston. The Creole and Cajun influence in LA are much more widespread.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:11 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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To me, North Alabama (Bham/Huntsville), North Georgia (Atlanta), Parts of TN (Chattanoga), and SC (Greenville) are more similar to each other. South Alabama (Montgomery and South)/South Georgia (Macon and South) and into parts of MS and LA are similar to eachother. And Mississippi is similar to Northern Louisiana and Arkansas.
Mobile to New Orleans are similar to each other along the coast.

I made a quick map of regional differences... I see the areas as a bit different. Not exact, but pretty close I think...
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In your mind, do you group Louisiana with Mississippi and Alabama?-southmap.jpg  

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Old 05-21-2012, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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I group mississippi with louisiana only not alabama.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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No, Louisiana is at least unique.
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