For us in Illinois, it is of interest that southern Illionis is part of "Dixie". Stop at a truck stop in Carbondale, Illionois. and you'll see grits and hush puppies on the menu.
It is not surprising that the southern and southeastern region of the United states is a separates cultural nation. The differences between Dixie and the rest of North America are well known and , of course, culminated in the Civil War.
The key word for dixie is "change", although it may be more accurate to say "change, but...". Economically, investmet 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 and the KKK are still strong.
Large black population [usblack]
Poverty: mobile homes: [namohome] [usincome]
Highest homicide / crime rate: [nacrimem] [nacrimev]