Recently, I have read several articles discussing the various regions, or nations, of the white people in the present day U.S.A. The first one, the February 17th piece What Is A Southerner by Hunter Wallace on the Southern Nationalist oriented site Occidental Dissent, featured a map with the regions named and broken down –with special emphasis on the Southland. The later article, on a Kinist site, used the same map.
Basically, they posit that the South (not counting the Hispanic dominated tip of Florida) is broken down into four regions: the Tidewater, the Deep South, Greater Appalachia, and New France. The regions do not exactly follow state lines, but there are parallels.
To no surprise, New France is the smallest one and is centered around New Orleans. The Tidewater is the eastern part of Virginia, part of North Carolina, and Maryland. The Deep South is what one might imagine: South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, northern Louisiana, northern Florida, and a part of east Texas. Greater Appalachia is the western part of Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, north-central Texas, much of Missouri, and the bottom portions of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Yes, Southern Indiana is part of Greater Appalachia –in the eyes of prominent Southern Nationalist blogger Hunter Wallace. I am officially a Southerner! Very good, as I already was one on the inside.
The culture of rural Southern Indiana, including Orange County where I live, is much more similar to Kentucky than to Chicago or to the New England states. Much of Southern Indiana was initially settled by people from the upper South and Pennsylvania.
The South has always been the heart of America, culturally and historically. Think of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Patrick Henry. Southerners, and especially Virginians, held great sway in the drafting of America’s foundational documents. Four of the first five President of the United States were from Virginia. Think of the antebellum South, and how they reasserted the principles of 1776 in 1861 when they formed the C.S.A.
What about history? All of Indiana was part of the Northwest Territory, also called the Old Northwest. Great Britain legally and formally acknowledged the Northwest Territory to be a part of the U.S. with the 1783 Treaty of Paris which formally ended the American Revolution. It is arguable that the courageous actions of George Rogers Clark, a Brigadier General of Virginia militia, are at least part of the reason why Britain ceded the Old Northwest to the U.S. at the end of the war. Clark led his frontier militia forces on a legendary campaign throughout the Old Northwest, capturing the British forts at Vincennes, Indiana and Kaskaskia, Illinois. Yes, there was a battle of the American Revolution fought in Southern Indiana.
There were also two Confederate raids into southern Indiana, one near Leavenworth on the Ohio River (led by cavalry Captain Thomas Hines) and one (led by General John Hunt Morgan) resulted in a battle at Corydon. And of course, they were Confederate sympathizers such as Dr. William Bowles and the Knights of the Golden Circle present in southern Indiana, including right here in Orange County.
My home county is Orange. Orange County is basically a 20 by 20 mile square. The 2010 Federal census indicated that Orange County contained 19,840 people and was 97% white. Population density is about 50 people per square mile (640 acres). Much of southern Orange County is covered with the Hoosier National Forrest (which is all in Southern Indiana). Geographically, I am in the Crawford Highlands, part of the Kentucky Knobs and more similar to Kentucky than to the plains of central Indiana.
Orange County only has four incorporated towns. Our county seat is Paoli, and one can travel by highway to Louisville, Kentucky from it in about an hour. (As we were settled from the bottom up, the first state capital was Corydon in Harrison County, down near the Ohio River).
The people and culture here are what many might consider redneck. There are a lot of cowboy boots, guns, deer hunting, pickup trucks, country music, and sweet tea in virtually every restaurant! Yes, there are some stereotypical run down trailer parks. There is very little industry left, and in 2010 about 20% of the population (and almost 30% of those under 18) lived below the poverty line.
I still love the Amerikaner identity concept. Amerikaner is more inclusive than being a Southron from Dixie. I do think that there are several regional subcultures to the Amerikaner people. That being said, I doubt that the concept I discussed in my essay I am an Amerikaner appeals to those in Yankeedom, or even to most urbanites in the Midwest. Maybe the Amerikaner term is for racially conscious whites in the South, lower Midwest, and parts of the Rockies?
I personally identify, from biggest group down to extended kin, as the following: a (1) white European (2) from the Western European peoples (Germanic and Celtic), (3) an Amerikaner, (4) and a Southerner who resides in Greater Appalachia.
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