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  •  so, you've read Fischer's Albion's Seed? (4+ / 0-)

    great book, I only managed to skim it, but it explained SO much about why the South is the way it is...

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Tue May 21, 2013 at 11:24:48 AM PDT

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    •  Semi OT: if you like Albion's Seed, I reccomend (4+ / 0-)
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      grover, eXtina, gas28man, Bensdad

      Colin Woodard's American Nations. He takes Fischer's thesis a step further- and makes a very readable, compelling arguer.

      No ties with the author here. ;-)

    •  No, I haven't. But it sounds interesting. Thanks. (2+ / 0-)
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      What I read was a book called "Cracker Culture" which, despite its title, is a scholarly book about what makes the South different -- and that would be its very strong celtic influence. Think Scarlett O'Hara. I also read "Born Fighting" by former Senator Webb. Same theme -- Southerners are easily riled to a cause. Blood is thicker than water.

      If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

      by Bensdad on Tue May 21, 2013 at 01:20:50 PM PDT

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      •  I'd like to read that. (0+ / 0-)

        Woodard offers an interesting idea: that the South itself has long been--until the Deep Southern strategy--somewhat historically aligned but generally mutually distrustful Tidewater, Appalachian, and Cavalier cultures.

        Really a great read: some fine observation of the NE Puritan inroads into the Northern Midwest (read MN and MI and as far afield as mid late 19th C Northern California and NW).

        I'm drawn also to his deft handling in surveying El Norte. Underrated tome.

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