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

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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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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).

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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

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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. 

 

Tags: cartography, historical, USA.


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The Real Boundaries of the Bible Belt

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The Atlantic CitiesThe Real Boundaries of the Bible BeltThe Atlantic CitiesReligion in America has an unmistakable geographic dimension.

 

I have lived in three Southern states: North Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky. Each time I moved, I was being told that I was going to be living in the "buckle" of the Bible Belt!


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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. 


Tags: political, the South, regions.

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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, 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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Along Virginia’s Route 15, the South’s cultural border displays a political divide

Along Virginia’s Route 15, the South’s cultural border displays a political divide | Southern Geographies | Scoop.it

This is an article the looks at not only the political geography of the U.S. South, but also the various vernacular boundaries that also exist. This will be an article my GEOG 2160 class will look at first thing in the Spring Semester!

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