Published on December 6, 2008
This region is defined by grits and the traditional South of the Civil War. While poverty areas still are large, Garreau saw "change" as the keyword here.
Dixie Capital: Atlanta Symbol: confederate flag Keyword: change Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin Coca-cola headquarters
The “Deep South” University of Alabama “Crimson Tide” Sociologically, climactically, historically, politically, topographically, and racially, Dixie is a quilt. Popular Southern Rock band, Alabama
The Blind Boys of Alabama predate Elvis, Little Richard, and Al Green. Yet, even in their 70s, they are still at the top of the gospel charts and have earned impressive “three-peat” honors by winning consecutive Grammy®Awards for the past three years.
Alabama It is not surprising that the southern and southeastern region of the United States is a separate cultural nation. The differences between Dixie and the rest of North America culminated in the Civil War. Alabama state flag: crimson St. Andrew's cross on a white field, patterned after the Confederate Battle Flag. Lake Jordan dam
The key word for Dixie is "change", although it may be more accurate to say "change, but...". Economically, investment money is flowing into Dixie, but its benefits haven't reached most of the southern poor. African Americans have been elected as mayors of Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans, Jacksonville, but racism still rears its ugly head at times. Birmingham, Alabama panorama
Jefferson County is tied with Atlanta as the dirtiest area in the South, according to numbers gathered by EPA. The new rule governs fine particles 2.5 microns or smaller, about one-thirtieth the width of a human hair. Birmingham steel mill
Beginning as regional entertainment in the Southeastern U.S., NASCAR has grown to become the second most popular professional sport in terms of television ratings inside the U.S., ranking behind only the National Football League. The Talladega Superspeedway is in Birmingham, Ala.
This re-emergence of Confederate pride is merely the symptom of a much deeper problem: The North and South can no longer claim to be one nation. The cultural gap that pits NASCAR fans against PBS viewers continues to widen. Culture gap NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr . “Mr. Restrictor Plate” was killed in 2001 in a crash during a race.
“ Let’s ditch Dixie” by Mark Strauss In 2001, under the watchful eyes of God and the rheumy stare of the last surviving, 93-year-old Confederate war widow, some 2,500 sons and daughters of Dixie gathered in Montgomery, Ala., to issue a Declaration of Southern Cultural Independence from a nation "violent and profane, coarse and rude, cynical and deviant.”
North Carolina The Piedmont is rolling hill country with many swift streams and large dams. The hydroelectric power these rivers generate has made this an important manufacturing area, and the Piedmont is home to most of the state's population and its largest cities. Sen. John Edwards delivers a campaign speech during his 2004 campaign for the Vice- Presidency. The Wright Brothers make their historic first flight at Kittyhawk, NC. in 1903.
The 20th largest city in the U. S., with a population of approx. 610,949. The city is at the center of one of the fastest growing metropolitan regions in the United States, with an average influx of roughly 20,000 newcomers each year over the past decade. Charlotte, North Carolina Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers
Charlotte has become a major U.S. financial center, and both the nation's second largest ( Bank of America ) and fourth largest ( Wachovia ) financial institutions call the city home.
Agriculture Tobacco and cotton have traditionally been the major cash crops for North Carolina farmers. North Carolina leads the nation in tobacco production and ranks among the top ten states in cotton production. Preparing tobacco bundles for shipment
Flue-cured tobacco leaf remains the state's top agricultural export, and buyers around the world recognize North Carolina tobacco for its high quality and consistency.
The Ryman Auditorium, headquarters of the Grand Ole Opry since 1925 . Johnny Cash was the youngest person ever chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the only performer ever selected for the Country and Rock Music Hall of Fame. N ashvill e
Memphis, Tennessee is the home of the blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n Roll.
Beale Street An alley band plays off Beale Jed Davenport & Beale Street Jug Band It first rang out over the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. It migrated to the streets and clubs of Memphis. It went on to influence the sound of music all over the world.
Elvis Presley “The King” The 14-acre Presley estate, known as Graceland, receives 750,000 annual visitors This issue was the best-selling commemorative stamp of all time, with over 517 million sold.
Strikers protest unfair working conditions at the Merrimack Mill in Huntsville during a citywide strike on May 3, 1951. By the 1950s, welfare capitalism had declined in the South and company-owned mill villages faded from view. This map reflects the difficulty that adults without high school diplomas have in finding and retaining jobs that pay enough to place them above the poverty line.
Presently, local communities in desperate need of jobs and industry pay the piper to bribe Walmart which then moves in and provides mostly low-wage retail jobs. They drive smaller retailers out. Walmart moves on to greener pastures leaving the taxpayers with an empty shell and the bill. Low prices, Low wages
War of 1812 - Battle of New Orleans Replica cannon similar to those used by Jackson to repel the British in 1814 The Battle of New Orleans, also known as the Battle of Chalmette Plantation, took place on January 8, 1815, at the end of the War of 1812, when the United States forces defeated the British. The Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war, had been signed—though not ratified—over two weeks earlier, but the news had not yet reached the Southern front.
War of 1812 - Battle of New Orleans In the climactic battle, Col. Andrew Jackson used 3,000 men in fortifications to hold off approximately twice as many British troops who made a massed assault, taking over 2,000 casualties, while the Americans sustained 13 killed, 39 wounded and 19 missing.
New Orleans A major United States port city and historically the largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is in southeastern Louisiana along the Mississippi River, just south of Lake Pontchartrain . New Orleans is known for its multicultural heritage as well as its music and cuisine. Bourbon Street Creole food Mississippi River delta
Hurricane Katrina Formed in late August during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season , it caused devastation along much of the north-central Gulf Coast of the United States . Levees separating Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans were breached by the surge.
A subtropical marshland located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Florida. Much modified by agricultural development in central and southern Florida, the Everglades is the southern half of a large watershed arising in the vicinity of Orlando known as the Kissimmee River system. Everglades
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