How do other places define their heritage?
May 13, 2010 1:52 PM Subscribe
In the Appalachians, it's hip to be old-timey. Not so much other places. What's the deal?
posted by ajarbaday to Grab Bag (16 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
In the Appalachians, the traditions of precolonial homesteaders have become an air-brushed part of the tourism culture, and lots of Appalachian states market their heritage and tradition self-consciously. But lots of other states have a similar past - in Florida and Georgia, there are 'crackers', but cracker is usually either an insult or a boastful self-identity - not something that can be adopted in the same way that young folks pick up banjos or learn murder ballads.
So why the split? I know that there's a lot that's pejorative about the Appalachians and its cultural stereotypes, but it seems like those practices have existed in most of the other parts of the states and aren't nearly as remarked upon. Or am I missing something?