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View Poll Results: What is Texas?
The South 97 51.87%
The Southwest 22 11.76%
The West 1 0.53%
The Midwest 3 1.60%
Can't categorize it. It's just Texas. 64 34.22%
Voters: 187. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-06-2014, 04:06 AM
 
Location: Ouachita Mtns of Arkansas
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Texas has a heartbeat and it's heart beats Southern, just like mine. I'm 71 years old and as a former trucker and Harley rider, I've been from the Louisiana line to El Paso and from Brownsville to the Oklahoma line and from Houston to Amarillo and when I pass the state lines into New Mexico or Oklahoma I stop having that feeling of being in the South. When I pass into Louisiana or Arkansas I do have the feeling of being in the South but the feeling starts to fade the farther north I go. I have lived in Idaho and Colorado and California and South and North Carolina and Arkansas but my heart feels the best in Texas. Folks can try to divide up Texas into all the parts that they can come up with but the fact is Texas is the South, period.
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:29 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I agree with most Texan posters when they say Texas is mostly different from the rest of the South.

I don't agree with most Texan posters that somehow think Texas is better than the rest of the South.
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I don't agree with most Texan posters that somehow think Texas is better than the rest of the South.
Texas is different from the rest of the south because of it's distinct history. It is different from the rest of the south in that they have an exceptional pride in their distinct history. Generally I don't think in the "traditional" part of the south, the state pride thing is an issue like it is in Texas. I don't think the rest of the southern states play the "My state is better than your state" game like Texans do. But that's just part of being a Texan.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:31 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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I don't agree with most Texan posters that somehow think Texas is better than the rest of the South.
It may have a little to do with Texas being more progressive and advanced than most of the south.

... maybe not FAR AND AWAY progressive and on the cutting edge, but still some steps ahead.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Ouachita Mtns of Arkansas
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I don't agree with most Texan posters that somehow think Texas is better than the rest of the South
I say this in a truely lighthearted manner...It doesn't matter whether you agree, or not. It is what it is.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:09 AM
 
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Duh...
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Folks can try to divide up Texas into all the parts that they can come up with but the fact is Texas is the South, period.
Youre confusing me. Youre saying Texas is the south, but when you get to New Mexico, it doesnt feel like the south to you at all. What is the difference between west Texas and NM? Nothing. So how are those parts of Texas "southern"? Theyre not, theyre southwestern in appearance, feel, and culture. Thats precisely the reason why people can and do divide TX into regions. Parts of TX feel southern, parts of it feel Great Plains, parts southwestern.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:50 AM
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Youre confusing me. Youre saying Texas is the south, but when you get to New Mexico, it doesnt feel like the south to you at all. What is the difference between west Texas and NM? Nothing. So how are those parts of Texas "southern"? Theyre not, theyre southwestern in appearance, feel, and culture. Thats precisely the reason why people can and do divide TX into regions. Parts of TX feel southern, parts of it feel Great Plains, parts southwestern.
^^^ Simple as that.
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Old 11-06-2014, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Ouachita Mtns of Arkansas
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Youre confusing me.
That's because you're not a Texan at heart, if at all.
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:23 PM
 
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=Steve-o;37170157]Youre confusing me. Youre saying Texas is the south, but when you get to New Mexico, it doesnt feel like the south to you at all. What is the difference between west Texas and NM? Nothing. So how are those parts of Texas "southern"? Theyre not, theyre southwestern in appearance, feel, and culture. Thats precisely the reason why people can and do divide TX into regions. Parts of TX feel southern, parts of it feel Great Plains, parts southwestern.
What is culturally/historically about most of west Texas and most of New Mexico?

There is a small slice of eastern New Mexico called "Little Texas" because it was the western most penetration of Southern migration (by Texans, mostly), but that was it. The "Great Plains" are also a geographic entity, not an historical/cultural region. The interior SW states did not become states until long after Texas became one. Appearance means nothing in terms of shared culture and history values and traditions. Far as that goes, South Carolina has more in common with NE colonial states in terms of topography, and Tennessee with Ohio in some ways...but they are not in the same region.

Can you name even one influence that NM or AZ ever had on Texas???

And I repeat again, there are two "southwests". One, western South, the other "southern West.". To not notice the difference is myopic.
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