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Old 05-08-2007, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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With all this talk about what states are really Southern, I think we should clarify that there are many "Souths" and each southern state has its own brand of Southern.

That being said, I think we can safely say that there is an Upper South and a Deep South. Most people would consider the Deep South "the real South" but thats not totally accurate because its merely a region with the South as a Whole.

I live in the Upper South (Virginia) and I think the feel of my state is similar to Kentucky and North Carolina. I have been to the Deep South and didn't notice all that much difference, except more of those spanish moss type trees and even more bugs.
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Old 05-08-2007, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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M TYPE X Rule of Thumb on Southness: Deep Southness is directly proportional to the quantity of Spanish moss and inversely proportional to desirability of the local weather in summer.
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Richmond
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I think people in the Deep South take the South for granted. Here in the Upper South we're more aware of our Southerness because we're only a few states away from the North.
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Old 05-09-2007, 02:57 AM
 
Location: VA
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I think places like Northern VA, Raleigh, Atlanta, Charlotte and most of Florida are closer in culture to New Jersey than the South.
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Old 05-09-2007, 04:01 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I think places like Northern VA, Raleigh, Atlanta, Charlotte and most of Florida are closer in culture to New Jersey than the South.
Not northern Florida.
It's closer in culture to Alabama or Georgia.
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:50 AM
 
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I have been to the Deep South and didn't notice all that much difference, except more of those spanish moss type trees and even more bugs.
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M TYPE X Rule of Thumb on Southness: Deep Southness is directly proportional to the quantity of Spanish moss and inversely proportional to desirability of the local weather in summer.
I don't know about that, y'all are just describing the difference between a continental and subtropical climate.

There are areas of the Deep South (North Mississippi, N Georgia, N Alabama, upstate SC, mountains of Arkansas/Tennessee/NC) - that have no Spanish moss (and associated flora: magnolias, palmettos, live oaks), nor do they have the giant bugs.

Also, there are areas that aren't the deep south (Tampa/Orlando, east Texas) that have those characteristics.
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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It's a cultural discussion, not a war memorial. Relax.
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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If you cross the Potomac, into the north, your culture doesnt change. LOL
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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If you cross the Potomac, into the north, your culture doesnt change. LOL
Ever been to the South, hon?
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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That would be because Maryland and Virgina are both border states. Maryland was a former Southern state that has become more Northern.
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