First, apologies for the delay in substantive posts, I’m working through some things at the moment. In the meantime, I thought it would be interesting and productive to work towards identifying the delineations between Southerners today. The idea was sparked by this passage from The Southern Tradition at Bay, in which Weaver is discussing the views of William Peterfield Trent (pages 347-348):
Southerners were sufficiently attached to their states to fight for them, and one can discover on examination that the people do differ roughly by states. The Virginian is the eighteenth century English squire, fond of bonhommie and good living, and although to the country as a whole he typifies the Southern aristocrat, he is measurably more democratic than his cousin, the South Carolinian. The South Carolinian is the seventeenth-century Royalist, masterful, conscious of his position, and because of an infusion of Huguenot blood, somewhat stern. He is the most provincial of the Southerners. He “actually wishes to be rooted in a particular parish or town. The genus loci is the god he worships, and he stands for everything that is not cosmopolitan.” North Carolina, the most bourgeois of states, is the home of the typical Southern democrat, less fancy than his neighbors, but willing to work for a good thing; and Georgians are properly denominated the Yankees of the South. Louisianians have learned how to enjoy life, but have been conspicuously lacking in ambition, and the Tennesseean may well be considered more Western than Southern, or as “with” the South rather than “of” it. All this prepares for the generalization that the Southern people are “heterogeneous in manners, but homogeneous in ideas.”
In my admittedly limited experience, what remains of the traditional Southern thede isn’t quite so diverse nowadays, and few significant differences deeper than the general Appalachia-Atlantic Coast-Gulf Coast divergence can be discerned (obviously, some exceptions exist). I did find the above description of South Carolinians rang eerily true with me, North Carolina and Georgia only slightly less so. What do y’all think? What are the chief sub-thedes that exist within the traditional areas of the South today?