This is the official (Wikipedia) map of the Southern states!
Those in red are the South! Those in candy-cane stripe are semi-South. Do you agree?
This was my definition as a child growing up in Tennessee. The South was any state south of the Mason-Dixon line, and east of the Mississippi River.
Others define the South as any state that took part in the War Between the States as Confederates. I have always thought Kentucky a part of the South, but I've heard rumblings from some of you. I nevah considered Texas a part of the South, and I bet many of you agree. This is crazy, but the Modern South also includes Oklahoma!
This is why I don't think Mark Twain's all that Southern and rather more Midwestern. He was born in Missouri, grew up in Missouri, and spent his fame in Connecticut. Hey, but he is the Father of Southern Literature?!? What about all that time spent paddle-wheeling up-n-down the Mississippi River?!? I give him the Southern title as an honorarium.
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