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Old 11-18-2007, 07:57 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I think this is a good question because this completely breaks down the complex webs tying a bunch of states together in a region. Why not take each state and examine each one individually to expose the characteristics that make each state unique. IMO, Texas and Louisiana are VERY rich in culture and their own unique identities. Texas is a very fine mix of Southwestern. Great Plains, and Southern culture. Such a big state that it is widely diverse in landscape. in addition to drawing a lot of influence from Mexico. It has a strong tradition of things like rodeo, it has its own music....I think a Texan oughta do the talking for me. Louisiana is unique in that it blends Deep South culture together with strong French characteristics in New Orleans and it also has some Southwestern characteristics in the fact that it borders Texas. Virginia and Kentucky I think are two others that have very rich culture. Horse farming, polo, bourbon, Appalachian/hillbilly culture, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. So tell me which states you think have the strongest culture. Forget regions. I think by leaning so heavily on grouping states together in regions, each state's individual identity is overlooked.
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Uniquely Individual Villages of the Megalopolis
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I think this is a good question because this completely breaks down the complex webs tying a bunch of states together in a region. Why not take each state and examine each one individually to expose the characteristics that make each state unique. IMO, Texas and Louisiana are VERY rich in culture and their own unique identities. Texas is a very fine mix of Southwestern. Great Plains, and Southern culture. Such a big state that it is widely diverse in landscape. in addition to drawing a lot of influence from Mexico. It has a strong tradition of things like rodeo, it has its own music....I think a Texan oughta do the talking for me. Louisiana is unique in that it blends Deep South culture together with strong French characteristics in New Orleans and it also has some Southwestern characteristics in the fact that it borders Texas. Virginia and Kentucky I think are two others that have very rich culture. Horse farming, polo, bourbon, Appalachian/hillbilly culture, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. So tell me which states you think have the strongest culture. Forget regions. I think by leaning so heavily on grouping states together in regions, each state's individual identity is overlooked.


But that's part of the reason for the theme. Most regions don't like the generalities and want to break themselves up, NE vs New England, Mid Atlantic, etc.

However when general regions view the South they connect all the states as a monolith not allowing for individuality of subregion much less individual state differences.

South is a direction like North, West, East try placing them all on equal footing in generalities as most do for the Southern region and see how well generality is dealt with. It isn't fair to allow for many variations elsewhere without allowing for the same for all major directional regions.

Perhaps you could start at thread with your suggested theme, but I think that gets right back to cities in rank order all over again as obviously states with strongest those will have major influences, cultural wise I don't know.

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Old 11-18-2007, 08:10 AM
 
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But that's part of the reason for the theme. Most regions don't like the generalities and want to break themselves up, NE vs New England, Mid Atlantic, etc.

However when general regions view the South they connect all the states as a monolith not allowing for individuality of subregion much less individual state differences. Some of the monolithic culture the South is perceived as having by others is also probably due in part to Southerners themselves.

Culture of Charleston, SC is way different than Nashville. There's always been 2 Souths to begin with. Upland South and Coastal South first off. The coastal cities always more cosmopolitan due to ports just like further North.

The oldest Jewish population in the US is in Charleston,SC some historians have noted.

The only Military cemetary outside the state of Israel is in Richmond VA which honors the Civil War dead Jewish heros who fought for the Confederacy.
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:14 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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But that's part of the reason for the theme. Most regions don't like the generalities and want to break themselves up, NE vs New England, Mid Atlantic, etc.

However when general regions view the South they connect all the states as a monolith not allowing for individuality of subregion much less individual state differences. Some of the monolithic culture the South is perceived as having by others is also probably due in part to Southerners themselves.

Culture of Charleston, SC is way different than Nashville. There's always been 2 Souths to begin with. Upland South and Coastal South first off. The coastal cities always more cosmopolitan due to ports just like further North.

The oldest Jewish population in the US is in Charleston,SC some historians have noted.

The only Military cemetary outside the state of Israel is in Richmond VA which honors the Civil War dead Jewish heros who fought for the Confederacy.

I understand...but let's look at each state and examine its culture and say which one you think overall has the most interesting or the strongest. Each individual state is a strong component of the entire country, and each region without one of the states that exist in them would not be the same region. I'm not interested in discussing regions here...I'm interested in discussing individual states.
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Uniquely Individual Villages of the Megalopolis
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I understand...but let's look at each state and examine its culture and say which one you think overall has the most interesting or the strongest. Each individual state is a strong component of the entire country, and each region without one of the states that exist in them would not be the same region. I'm not interested in discussing regions here...I'm interested in discussing individual states.
You know what, the threads run so similar I got off on the wrong one, the last 3 posts of mine were meant for the "regional" thread.
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Old 11-18-2007, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Maryland's culture is a bit eccentric in that it includes a bit of everything. It is along the northeast corridor so it blends into the northern urban-coastal area. Many parts of it have southern roots as well with tobacco farms and flat coastal areas in the area east of the bay. It also has an Appalacian culture out in Cumberland and the western panhandle. Of course having DC as basically part of it, it also has cultures from the entire country and the world for that matter. Added to that is the large percentage of African-Americans who have contributed a unique culture to most of the state except for the far-western panhandle. Plus the city of Baltimore being a seaport and a major port of entry for immigrants at one time has strong German, Jewish, Greek, Irish and other cultures from Europe. Recently, the city and surrounding areas have also experienced a large immigration from South America so parts of southeast Baltimore are starting to see a lot of Spanish signs along with art and music with that tradition.
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:59 AM
 
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Maryland's culture is a bit eccentric in that it includes a bit of everything. It is along the northeast corridor so it blends into the northern urban-coastal area. Many parts of it have southern roots as well with tobacco farms and flat coastal areas in the area east of the bay. It also has an Appalacian culture out in Cumberland and the western panhandle. Of course having DC as basically part of it, it also has cultures from the entire country and the world for that matter. Added to that is the large percentage of African-Americans who have contributed a unique culture to most of the state except for the far-western panhandle. Plus the city of Baltimore being a seaport and a major port of entry for immigrants at one time has strong German, Jewish, Greek, Irish and other cultures from Europe. Recently, the city and surrounding areas have also experienced a large immigration from South America so parts of southeast Baltimore are starting to see a lot of Spanish signs along with art and music with that tradition.

I'd agree with that. The borders or state lines of the eastern states from Va up are so small they overlap a great deal. Or the most urban parts of states cut thru small portions of a state via interstates i.e. NYC that it's going to be mixed.

Oh! The Polish in Highland Town are not going to like you forgot to mention them.
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:12 AM
 
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California, Mississippi, and Texas.
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:19 AM
 
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South Carolina
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Hawaii by a mile. There's just no mistaking it for anywhere else.
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