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Old 04-14-2018, 04:42 PM
 
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I am not from the South or the US so i've never been to the South but I am wondering if due to all the transplants in recent years in cities like Atlanta, is the South is losing it's identity?.
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:50 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I am not from the South or the US so i've never been to the South but I am wondering if due to all the transplants in recent years in cities like Atlanta, is the South is losing it's identity?.
Maybe urban areas but not the rural areas.
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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A lot of places are losing their identities due to transplants.
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:25 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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There's still southern culture to be found in the south, even in its larger, more cosmopolitan cities. I don't think it will ever be 100% diluted. But, like mentioned above, go to a rural area anywhere in the south and southern culture is about all you get.
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:52 PM
 
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The southern states have a varied culture with some similarities across state lines. Virginia and Alabama and Texas are still quite different from each other. A person born and raised In Mississippi or Louisiana would find the southern culture different in Virginia or North Carolina. While there are a lot of transplants in the south they are everywhere. Transplants make a difference but I suspect creeping modernity is more likely the cause of cultural change. People are moving around within the south and experiencing new things, ideas, and values that were unheard of a couple generations earlier. One of the core traditional values has been a focus and support for the military. The military is also in a state of change and modernization. I think this process is happening all over the world but not always welcomed.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:36 PM
 
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Many younger generation American speakers have lost their distinctive regional accents, due to constant exposure to television, motion pictures, and other media. This is true in the Southern states, as well as the Boston area in the northeast. Also, young people in the coastal South, are losing their traditional non-rhotic pronounciation, and adopting the pronounciation of the inland or Appalachian southern region (possibly because the latter is the standard accent among country-music recording artists). For instance, no one would guess that television host Stephen Colbert grew up in Charleston, South Carolina.

Localities such as Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (home of the enormous "Research Triangle Park"....Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia (several huge military bases).....Atlanta, Georgia.....urban cities of Texas.....northern Arkansas (retirees/ pensioners) and of course most of Florida, these areas have had a large influx of transplants from outside the South.
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:28 AM
 
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Nope. Places donít lose their identity due to other people moving to that place. People have been relocating across this country for generations, this is nothing new. I think many people seek out familiarity when relocating or traveling so they notice things that are familiar and seek them out.

The regions of the United States are still very diverse and distinct from each other, just have to look for it.
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Nope. Places donít lose their identity due to other people moving to that place. People have been relocating across this country for generations, this is nothing new. I think many people seek out familiarity when relocating or traveling so they notice things that are familiar and seek them out.

The regions of the United States are still very diverse and distinct from each other, just have to look for it.
This is an interesting point. However I don't think it is entirely accurate. Do you think the migration of say the people across the Oregon trail in the 1850s to the Pacific NW is the same type of relocation as people today having their stuff packed into moving vans, catching a flight to Portland and Seattle and watching the movers put their stuff into their new digs? There are many places in the west particularly where there are more move ins than natives. That changes the feel of a place. Large population gains do the same. Phoenix today certainly isn't the same as Phoenix in 1950.

However I think what you describing is the new reality. We might as well get used to it.
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:14 AM
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A large portion of Southern Culture is Black American Culture, that'll never die.
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:25 AM
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Many younger generation American speakers have lost their distinctive regional accents, due to constant exposure to television, motion pictures, and other media. This is true in the Southern states, as well as the Boston area in the northeast. Also, young people in the coastal South, are losing their traditional non-rhotic pronounciation, and adopting the pronounciation of the inland or Appalachian southern region (possibly because the latter is the standard accent among country-music recording artists). For instance, no one would guess that television host Stephen Colbert grew up in Charleston, South Carolina.

Localities such as Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (home of the enormous "Research Triangle Park"....Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia (several huge military bases).....Atlanta, Georgia.....urban cities of Texas.....northern Arkansas (retirees/ pensioners) and of course most of Florida, these areas have had a large influx of transplants from outside the South.
Not that anyone cares or not, but YBN Nahmir, a rising rapper, is from Birmingham, but no one would've probably guessed if he didn't say anything about it, same for Singer/Actor Jordan Fisher.

I think most of the younger generation throughout the South, especially in the Suburbs, don't typically sound "Southern." But I think that's just due to the influence of the Internet/Social Networking.
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