15 September 2013
Chapter 3: The Demography and Geography of the South
1. See Table 3.1. What do the population and national rank figures tell you about the growth in the South between 1950 and 2000? You may respond in general statements.
It increased greatly.
2. According to your text, the population changes in the years before and after 1950 were the result of two factors. What were these factors?
The sharecropping/tenant farming system failed, causing the blacks to leave, making room for the incoming Latinos, who doubled and in some situations tripled the population. The second reason for increase was the federal school integration changes, making the area look rich with opportunity for Black children.
3. See Table 3.2. What general trend between 1950 and 2000 does this table convey about the South?
The percentage of employment in the agricultural industry drops tremendously.
4. See Table 3.3. What general trend between 1950 and 2000 does this table convey about the South? (4.a.)Define urbanized.
The population of urban areas in the South increased, almost surpassing the North’s urban areas’ populations.
4a. Urbanized refers to an area with more than 50,000 people residing in it.
5. By the end of the 20th century, what aspect of the South was gone and what was it replaced by?
Suburban moderation and economic growth replaced the politics of white supremacy.
6. Your text listed a complexity of factors that caused the development of the South in the latter part of the 20th century. What were they?
Air conditioning made the South into a more appealing Southern attraction. Tourism became a good source of income, cheap and available real estate, new technologies of communication and transportation.
7. What are “civil communities?”
Communities that were governed through experienced community activists who held influence; Locally governed communities....