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America’s Most Political Food

America’s Most Political Food | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
The founder of a popular South Carolina barbecue restaurant was a white supremacist. Now that his children have taken over, is it O.K. to eat there?
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The controversy continues....interesting piece on Maurice Bessinger's legacy in South Carolina's barbecue landscape but also well-connected to today's political climate. 
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Mesmerizing Photos Reveal Hidden World of Underwater Caves

Mesmerizing Photos Reveal Hidden World of Underwater Caves | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
Dye experiments and a 360-degree tour are helping Floridians understand their water supply.
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This is too cool! We just talked about Florida aquifers tonight in class and here is a fantastic article that deals with karst and water quality! There is a 360 degree virtual tour linked to this article that is amazing. It shows a portion of the aquifer system I talked about tonight called Ginnie Springs. It gives a great idea what cave diving and underwater system of caves looks like.
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FBI Trains New England Emergency Responders About

FBI Trains New England Emergency Responders About | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
Areas of focus include biological threats, explosive and toxic chemicals, drug lab identification, the emerging threat of agri-terrorism and lessons learned from the Boston bombing.
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Although this article is about responders in Maine, it is interesting to note that use of the term "hillbilly" in the title and in the soundbite from the leaders of the training.
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Fire at Virginia Smokehouse Leaves Pork-to-Table Movement Reeling

Fire at Virginia Smokehouse Leaves Pork-to-Table Movement Reeling | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
A huge fire reduced Edwards Virginia Smokehouse to rubble, and the loss of its famed hams has had ripple effects far beyond the state.
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Economic and cultural ripple effects far beyond Surry County, Virginia.

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Even as Museum Piece, Confederate Flag Is in Dispute

Even as Museum Piece, Confederate Flag Is in Dispute | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
The divisions over how and where it is displayed are reflected in a Civil War museum in Richmond, Va., the former capital of the Confederacy.
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A view from the south: let the Confederate flag go | Barbara Kingsolver

A view from the south: let the Confederate flag go | Barbara Kingsolver | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
The Confederate emblem was about pride as well as hatred, but racists have twisted its meaning
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From one of my favorite authors....

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All eyes on Chattanooga: VW’s workers are deciding the future of unions in the South

All eyes on Chattanooga: VW’s workers are deciding the future of unions in the South | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
If they vote to join the United Auto Workers and form a German-style "works council," many more could follow.
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This is an interesting article that deals with an issue long considered a defining economic characteristic of the South. It also highlights the evolving economic landscape of the South with regard to automotive MNCs. Great graph that displays the role of automotive employment in Tennessee and the rest of the region.
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The End of the Solid South

The End of the Solid South | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
The region's emerging majority is progressive. Its capitols are more conservative than ever. Something's got to give.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 18, 2013 6:38 PM

Political affiliation differs tremendously from region to region.  This article is a great reminder that there is plenty of intraregional diversity in the South as well.  Migration, urbanization and a changing economic landscape is reshaping Southern demographics as well as the voting constituency.  Imagining that all of the South will vote in one particular way as a solid block is now an antiquated way of thinking about Southern politics. 


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Mark Hathaway's curator insight, September 15, 2015 9:13 AM

While the demographics in the south are changing, I still see the region remaining largely Republican at least over the next decade or so. In the era of Obama the state governments have swung largely to the right. So far they have faced little backlash for the turn rightward. I agree that something does have to give. I believe in will give in the direction of conservatism in the south. The region, for its entire history in our union as been conservative. The region will probably stick with the majority conservative party. Though in the year of Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders who Knows?

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22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
Small lobsters are tearing this nation apart. ;
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There are a whole series of maps from Joshua Katz at NC State that look at linquistic differences in the lower 48.  Some are tried and true (e.g. pop v. coke v. soda), while others are unexpected.  Great way to look at regional variation in language as well as culture.

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US Gulf Coast Recovery — Oxfam America

US Gulf Coast Recovery — Oxfam America | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
Since a series of terrible blows hit the Gulf Coast—from hurricanes Katrina and Rita to the BP oil spill—Oxfam has been helping people rebuild and restore their communities and ecosystems.
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I LOVE it when something I just talked about in class comes across my computer screen.  I recently finished a lecture in my South class that looked at place-specific vulnerability.  This is a fantastic set of resources that place this within the context of the Gulf Coast region and includes an interactive map of Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Creating American Borders

30-second animation of the changes in U.S. historical county boundaries, 1629 - 2000. Historical state and territorial boundaries are also displayed from 178...

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This is a great little animation that shows changes in county boundaries, but the available data files are a treasure for historical geographers!

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Jesse Olsen's comment, March 16, 2013 1:04 PM
Whooooaaaaaaa!!!!
Betty Klug's curator insight, April 27, 2013 3:50 PM

I love animation maps.  Great for getting students interested in learning.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:36 PM

This video does a fantastic job of showing how the United States has expanded and grown since its original 13 colonies. While many today might imagine that our nation was simply always this size in fact over many years of colonization, land purchases and land grabs America has eventually become what it is today.

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Regional divisions date back centuries | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Regional divisions date back centuries | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it

Analysis of election by the author of "American Nations," Colin Woodard.

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The 11 Rival Regional Cultures of North America - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The 11 Rival Regional Cultures of North America - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it

I am considering this book as a reading for my South class this spring.  So far, it appears to be more of a historical version of Joel Garreau's Nine Nations of North America.

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'Sundown towns': Midwest confronts its complicated racial legacy

'Sundown towns': Midwest confronts its complicated racial legacy | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
Towns like Utica, Ohio, and Goshen, Ind., are beginning to come to terms with a legacy of racism that has largely evaded history books. These 'sundown towns' were places where, black Americans knew, they were not welcome once the sun went down.
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My friend and colleague Darren Purcell posted this last week. It wasn't just the Midwest that had these kind of local ordinances.
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The County-by-County Fight for West Virginia's Soul

The County-by-County Fight for West Virginia's Soul | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
More divided than ever, large swathes of the nation are being reshaped — and this maligned state could show the way forward.
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This is article deals with two important ideas -- changing place identity and county governance consolidation.  Both of which are important in understanding Appalachia as a region.  It is interesting though, that the piece characterizes rural America first, and indicates the obvious place to start is West Virginia...
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The New Geography of Hate

The New Geography of Hate | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
Where hate groups operate now.
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This article has a link to the Southern Poverty Law Center's online mapping system (not shown in picture).  That has interesting potential in the South class I am teaching in Spring 2017.  The picture above (also in the article) is a good example of why I tell my students to avoid the use of 3D in visualization unless there is a substantive reason to do so.  Otherwise, it just seems to get in the way of reading and interpreting the map!
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'This is our Selma': North Carolina voting rights trial threatens 50 years of progress

'This is our Selma': North Carolina voting rights trial threatens 50 years of progress | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
Federal court will hear challenge to changes in state’s voting laws thought to discriminate against black voters, weeks shy of Voting Rights Act anniversary
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Not what I want my adopted home state to be known for in the international media...

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Barbecue is an American tradition – of enslaved Africans and Native Americans | Michael W Twitty

Barbecue is an American tradition – of enslaved Africans and Native Americans | Michael W Twitty | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
The traditional holiday cookout has its roots in the cooperation between black and indigenous peoples struggling to get or keep their freedom from colonialists
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This op-ed piece suggests a "hidden" origin to barbecue....but not if you are a geographer.  This has been a standard discussion in my classes for years.

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Gay rights group, after recent victories, turns to a new frontier: the South

Gay rights group, after recent victories, turns to a new frontier: the South | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
Advocates looking beyond the marriage movement turn their focus to advances at the local level.
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Salmonella in Spices Prompts Changes in Farming

Salmonella in Spices Prompts Changes in Farming | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
The United States Food and Drug Administration’s finding that imported spices are a surprisingly potent source of salmonella poisoning has prompted India to change how they are grown and harvested.
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We don't often think of spices/seasonings when we think of food safety....

 

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Video -- Congressional Goats: "Green" Mowers -- National Geographic

August 8, 2013—Rented goats are clearing unwanted vines and brush from the perimeter of Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.
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Kudzu, "the vine that ate the South," (as well as other invasives) are being mitigated by a tried and true method---goats.  Over the years, I have collected several stories about various places/municipalities in the South that have hired these low-impact "mowers" to deal with invasive plant species.  The Congressional Cemetery now joins those ranks.

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‘The New Mind of the South,’ by Tracy Thompson

‘The New Mind of the South,’ by Tracy Thompson | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
In “The New Mind of the South,” the Georgia-born writer Tracy Thompson pops in on various communities to explore how the region has changed over the last few decades, in some cases irrevocably.
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Old wine in a new book jacket??  Not according to the reviewer.

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American Migration [Interactive Map] - Forbes

American Migration [Interactive Map] - Forbes | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
Every year, close to 40 million Americans move from one home to another. This interactive map visualizes those moves for every county in the country.
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Jamie Strickland's curator insight, March 8, 2013 11:20 AM

This is a neat visualization of county to county migration flows using anonymized IRS data.  In the accompanying article, geographer Michael Conzen and demographer Bill Frey provide insights (in addition to two other experts).

Delbert Keller's curator insight, May 12, 2015 4:39 PM

WOW

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What's Cooking on Thanksgiving - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com

What's Cooking on Thanksgiving - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it

The terms cooks enter into search engines can provide clues as to what dishes are being cooked around the nation.  In addition to barbecue, we can add "sweet potato pie" as a defining food of the South??

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Persuasive Maps

Persuasive Maps | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it
John F. Smith's smartly-designed biblical anti-slavery map of the mid-19th Century United States. Prepared in 1888; excerpted from “Maps for an emerging nation”.

 

Maps don't just convey information--they can also shape the way that we think about the world that is being represented by that map.  Maps are texts and sometimes they have very strong perspectives that the cartographer put into that map.  This persausive map shows one way of interpreting American history after the end of reconstruction.  Notice that in addition to the very overt religious, moral tone condemning the South for slavery, the ideas of Manifest Destiny are also woven into the fabric of this map. 

 

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