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View Poll Results: Most authentic southern state
Virginia 6 2.78%
North Carolina 7 3.24%
South Carolina 15 6.94%
Georgia 15 6.94%
Florida 4 1.85%
Alabama 39 18.06%
Mississippi 78 36.11%
Louisiana 18 8.33%
Texas 12 5.56%
Arkansas 9 4.17%
Tennessee 10 4.63%
Kentucky 3 1.39%
Voters: 216. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-20-2009, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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From someone who has lived in the south their whole life and has traveled the south (and I mean EVERY state considered to be in the geographical south) I say Mississippi takes the cake on most authentic southern. Alabama comes in second. Then Tennessee.

Kentucky and West Virginia are far more southern than some might think... as well as Florida (mostly North Florida)
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:49 PM
 
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Oklahoma is exactly what it's geography dictates....a "westernized" version of the South. Midwest is not a proper designation for OkieVille, but one could certainly call Oklahoma the Southwest or the quintessential state (similar to Texas and Western Arkansas) in which Southern culture begins to mix with Southwestern/Western culture.
As usual, EXCELLENT post and summation, my friend. I would only slightly quibble with one thing.

That is, that, really, Texas/Oklahoma/western Arkansas history/culture makes up it own brand of "Southwestern" that is totally different from the "Southwest of New Mexico and Arizona, and certainly from the "West" of the Rocky Mountain States.

Ours is the blend of South and frontier west. If anything, we influenced them in small areas (like eastern New Mexico)...otherwise, we are our own seperate sub-region of the larger South. We bring into it a flavor that cannot be matched anywhere else. Lots of Southern states can say they are both Southern and eastern. How many can say they are Southern and western?

And heck, I am proud of it, and know you are. After all, we are the part of the South that epitomizes the frontier spirit that motivated those from the southeast to keep going westward. An extended family sorta thing....

God bless the South! All of it.

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Old 11-20-2009, 11:37 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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As usual, EXCELLENT post and summation, my friend. I would only slightly quibble with one thing.

That is, that, really, Texas/Oklahoma/western Arkansas history/culture makes up it own brand of "Southwestern" that is totally different from the "Southwest of New Mexico and Arizona, and certainly from the "West" of the Rocky Mountain States.

Ours is the blend of South and frontier west. If anything, we influenced them in small areas (like eastern New Mexico)...otherwise, we are our own seperate sub-region of the larger South. We bring into it a flavor that cannot be matched anywhere else. Lots of Southern states can say they are both Southern and eastern. How many can say they are Southern and western?

And heck, I am proud of it, and know you are. After all, we are the part of the South that epitomizes the frontier spirit that motivated those from the southeast to keep going westward. An extended family sorta thing....

God bless the South! All of it.
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That is, that, really, Texas/Oklahoma/western Arkansas history/culture makes up it own brand of "Southwestern" that is totally different from the "Southwest of New Mexico and Arizona, and certainly from the "West" of the Rocky Mountain States.
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Absolutely, Brother!

Thank you for clarifying that for I'm sure there are many folks out there that hear "Southwest" and immediately think Arizona/New Mexico. Or when someone hears "West" they immediatley think California. Culturally Arizona/New Mexico/California share little in common with us South-Central folk---Arkies, Texans, and Okies.

Oklahoma/Texas (and as you mention, parts of Arkansas) share a brand of Southwest which is distinctly/overtly Southern with a dash of the Old West mixed in there.
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:35 AM
 
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I've heard that the South has been experiencing a "yankee invasion" which I guess is a movement of Americans from northern states into the South, so my question is what is the most authentic southern state for southern culture in USA
Can someone please explain exactly what southern culture is? My impression of it is not a favorable one. And why do southerners always have to proclaim how southern they are? Sounds like an inferiority complex to me, but I could be wrong.
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Can someone please explain exactly what southern culture is? My impression of it is not a favorable one. And why do southerners always have to proclaim how southern they are? Sounds like an inferiority complex to me, but I could be wrong.
Yeah, you would be wrong for the most part.

On C-D, it's more of a defense mechanism against posts like this one.
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:01 PM
 
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Yeah, you would be wrong for the most part.

On C-D, it's more of a defense mechanism against posts like this one.
So because you say "Y'all" and "Thank You" alot, and chit chat with me in line at the grocery store, that's what make you different (and better) than the rest of the country?

Not looking to pick a fight, but I'm really curious as to what TRUE southerners think sets them apart from the rest of us. Do tell.
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:27 PM
 
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So because you say "Y'all" and "Thank You" alot, and chit chat with me in line at the grocery store, that's what make you different (and better) than the rest of the country?
*stratches head* Yeah, come to think of it? *snaps fingers* That IS it. Wish I'd articulated it that way before. Shame, shame...

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Not looking to pick a fight, but I'm really curious as to what TRUE southerners think sets them apart from the rest of us. Do tell.
Wellll, start with that we are proud to be Southerners. What is so hard to understand about that?
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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I'd guess Mississippi, as it seems to have had the least Northern influence and migrants/transplants, followed by most of Alabama.
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:05 PM
 
Location: The Land of Rain
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I voted for South Carolina, because it was one of the orginal 13 colonies and looks the most southern with its architecture like Charlestown and the plantations, South Carolina also has that southern charm and spirit.

South Carolina, Georgia too but Atlanta has changed Georgia and then after those then Mississippi

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Old 12-09-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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Texas is BOTH Southern AND Southwestern. If Houston is considered a Southern city, BUT El Paso is considered a SOUTHWESTERN city, THEN TX is in BOTH regions, instead of one. Therefore Texas is considered BOTH. It wouldn't be LOGICAL if Texas was considered to be in just ONE of the regions. It's way to big, so wouldn't make sense. And Fort Worth's city slogan is, "where the west begins".
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