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The cotton-pickin’ truth

From Strange Maps, an amazing graphic that compares Obama’s Southern support (he won the blue counties) to major cotton-producing areas in the 1860s:

I haven’t confirmed the source material, but if accurate, it sure says something about the persistence of community there. (Some may have a less kind description.)

Here’s the overlay:

[A tip of the sharecroppers hat to E.W.]

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Peter Swanson on 11/17/2008 - 07:28 pm.

    A very unfortunate post. Just because you are liberal doesn’t make it non-offensive.

  2. Submitted by David Brauer on 11/17/2008 - 07:45 pm.

    Sorry, Peter – you’ll have to be more specific.

  3. Submitted by Mark Radosevich on 11/18/2008 - 05:54 pm.

    The first map is from the New York Times website:

    Note that the same blue belt appears roughly the same in the last 5 presidential elections. I’d bet that the overlap between those maps and the cotton production map from 1860 says more about how stable population settlements have been since then than anything else.

    More interesting to me is the comparison the Times offers between the 2008 and previous maps. Obama won as much or more support than Kerry in every part of the country except southern Appalachia, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, which swung further to the GOP.

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