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Old 03-19-2008, 06:19 AM
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Sorry, I've never felt I had a whole lot in common with southerners. They are fine people, as people around the country are, but I've visited the south, northeast, northern midwest, pacific northwest, etc and can honestly say that it was in the south that I felt the most out of place and out of step with the local culture. Not to say that I didn't enjoy myself, I did, but I certainly cannot say that that this midwesterner felt any sort of kinship with the south.

I've always been of the opinion that the regional differences in the US are more along the lines of the urban/rural split rather than the strict regional splits. Of course there are regional cultures, but I think it does get a bit sticky to generalize such large regions with such disparate parts.
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Tampa - St. Louis
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Atlanta is not Southern? Atlanta is Southern in disguise.....trust me Atlanta is the Deep South behind a couple skyscrapers. Ever hear those old stories about Stone Mountain and the KKK. But honestly I think the South is less racially polarizing than the Midwest. People are just a lot more friendlier and talkative down south.
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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I the Midwest is less openly friendly, but they usually warm up to you. Mostly they just mind their own business, especially in cities.

It seems like the south is friendlier, but there are some underlying tensions I think.

And their are racial divides in both regions, even in most cities.
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Tampa - St. Louis
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I think Midwesterners are the most genuine hands down. I dont know but the midwest seems to have the most down to earth, realistic people out there. It must be do to our rust belt heritage.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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I think Midwesterners are the most genuine hands down. I dont know but the midwest seems to have the most down to earth, realistic people out there. It must be do to our rust belt heritage.
I'll agree with you, but I don't know if it has to do with rust belt heritage. Much of the midwest isn't even associated with rust belt culture. That's more of the Eastern Midwest.
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Tampa - St. Louis
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I'll agree with you, but I don't know if it has to do with rust belt heritage. Much of the midwest isn't even associated with rust belt culture. That's more of the Eastern Midwest.
I kinda had the great lakes on my mind when I said this, but you are right its definitely Rustbelt thing in the eastern midwest and st. louis to an extent do to large industrial history.
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:15 PM
 
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I grew up in a border state (Kentucky) in an area that was definitely mostly southern. I recently came across the book linked to below on Southern culture. It's from a series of books designed for people from other areas/countries. Most books in that series are more of the "where is the bank?" kind of newcomer's guides, but this one focuses on actually explaining southern culture and lifestyle to outsiders, but without being overly academic...and from the perspective of someone who grew up in the south and has also lived a number of years in the midwest, it pretty much has the differences nailed. It's out of print, but there are cheap ones available from amazon. I would definitely recommend it if you are really interested in understanding how southern culture is different from basically every other part of the U.S.

Amazon.com: Culture Shock!: Usa-The South (Culture Shock): Jane Kohen Winter: Books
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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St. Louis is kind of rustbelt, but it didn't generally rely on one industry. Beer is a big industry, but I don't think (but you never know) that Anheuser-Busch will suffer the same fate as Ford, GM, and Chrysler. My economics teacher told me he invests on beer companies in the stock market because people drink when they're happy, and they drink when they're sad. And St. Louis has other industries, too. Some that are headquartered in St. Louis are Scottrade, Edward Jones, and a bunch more I forget.

Anyway, St. Louis is/was an industrial city, but it relied on more than one industry, maybe Busch more than the others, but not enough to cripple the city should that industry be crippled. St. Louis also has tourism with the Arch and the 3 sports.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield, MO
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I think there's a much larger Catholic presence in the midwest than the south and that results in some cultural differences. I know that in Missouri, Ohio, Minnesota, and other midwestern states, there are a lot of Catholics. It's also a very different Catholicism from, say, the northeast, too.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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The Midwest is not a homogenous region so it is impossible to make sweeping statements about what it's people are like. It depends on where you are. There are stereotypes about the it but they are wildly inaccurate for large swathes of the region.
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