Welcome to the world of objective historians. Notice all the assumptions and one-dimensional perspectives. Wow. The anger and abundance of knotted undies is rather palpable, ain't it?
This blogger tells us:
And I suppose you shouldn't ask who was buying much of that raw material either. But don't confuse them with the facts. Some folks just don't seem to understand that there's a lot more to the South than 1861-1865, cotton, slavery and hillbillies.Just don’t ask where their allowance for clothing came from or the raw material itself.
"The south has produced the world's best literature. It dominates world culture. Southern culture is the most powerful and expressive in the world." ~ Timothy Tyson
"The American South is a geographical entity, a historical fact, a place in the imagination, and the homeland of an array of Americans who consider themselves southerners. The region is often shrouded in romance and myth, but its realities are as intriguing, as intricate, as its legends." ~ The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
"The South is cultivated in collards and covered in kudzu . . . Many of us are descended from Scottish settlers and African slaves--and we usually find that we have more in common with each other than with Northern urbanites." ~ Clint Johnson
"The Southern Mind loathes abstractions . . . particularly harmful abstractions which go against the family, the organic community, ancestral customs, and religious faith." ~ Alphonse Vinh
Perhaps the anger is envy. It's demonstrably evident that Southern culture dominates much of American life. There is ample evidence of this fact. Google presents us with some of that evidence. I just did some "comparative" searches. Search terms were in quote marks for specificity. Not totally scientific, but rather revealing nonetheless. Here are the hit results:
Southern Culture: 994,000
Northern culture: 79,100
Southern Cooking: 1,460,000
Northern Cooking: 7,510 (That's rather pathetic, ain't it?)
Southern Hospitality: 977,000
Northern Hospitality: 54,700
Southern Style: 726,000 (aka "manure")
Northern Style: 351,000
Southern Accent: 416,000
Northern Accent: 146,000
Robert E. Lee: 680,000
Ulysses S. Grant: 393,000
And, as I pointed out before . . .
There is a Southern Living Magazine. There is no Northern Living Magazine.
We have Southern Gospel music. We do not have Northern Gospel music.
There is Southern Appalachia, but nothing known as Northern Appalachia.
We have Southern Fried chicken, no Northern Fried chicken.
There are Southern manners, no Northern manners.
We have the Center for the Study of Southern Culture (Ole Miss), but no corresponding Center for Northern Culture.
We have the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (UNC Press), but no Encyclopedia of Northern Culture.
We have the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, but no Northern Cultural Heritage Foundation.
We have a large university Documenting the American South, but none that I know of which documents the American North.
We have Southern belles, but no Northern belles. (And what man wouldn't rather listen to a woman from Alabama with a soft Southern drawl talk to you over the phone vs. the nasal twang of a young lady from New Joisey?)
To conclude, having lived in the South for 56 years, I have very little patience for Northeast elites who suggest such insulting nonsense about Southerners.