Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Defining America: Mid-Atlantic states, represent!

Our iReport cultural census project is humming along quite nicely, thanks in no small part to the excellent raft of submissions we received from New England, the Southeast and the Northwest. Today, we're aiming to boost participation in Mid-Atlantic states.

 

Longtime iReporter Janie Lambert hails from Hughesville, Maryland. As part of our Eat Dinner assignment for the cultural census, she submitted this mouth-watering recipe for down-home potato soup and cornbread:

 

 

And we're insatiable, we want to see more! For example, Virginia is for lovers -- and lovers of this project. We've had a fantastic response from the Old Dominion State, and we'd like to see the rest of the East Coast crew represent themselves.

 

So, denizens of West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania: Share your world with us! Start by filling out our survey (it takes two minutes, tops). Then, take a look at the cultural census assignments below and get cracking on one (or all five).

 

Share a photo
Take a self-portrait. Get creative!

 

Read aloud
Tape yourself reading a standard passage.


Eat dinner
Show us a photo of you or your family's typical weeknight dinner.


Write this down
Scan or snap a photo of your handwriting.


Get around
Show us how you generally get around town.

20 Comments
May 24, 2011
Click to view DT155's profile

I think we should merge many of the small eastern states:  MD plus DE plus NJ.   VT plus NH plus ME.  Add RI to CT.  The county I live in is bigger than CT.  To be fair, why are there two Dakotas?  Make Wyoming part of Montana and you might have enough folks for a NASCAR event.

May 24, 2011
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I'm from the North and we consider Maryland to be the first Southern State(below the Mason-Dixon, and the culture DOES NOT feel Northern in MD and continues to feel less so as you continue South to Washington, DC and Virginia) merging it with NJ would not be welcome, at least for me.

May 24, 2011
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@ NYLongIsland - Me thinks you need to re-read your history and your geography books.

Maryland is NOT a Southern State.

May 24, 2011
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@Baldilocks73 - I think you may need to re-read your history. Maryland might have seceded during the civil war except for the "detainment" of enough southern leaning state senators/representatives to ensure that the vote on secession in Annapolis would go "Union".  It would have been impossible for the US government to have it's capital surrounded by confederate states.I was raised in the Maryland DC suburbs and all the Marylanders I know would MD is "southern" if asked to choose. It's definately southern in charm and pace of life when compared to anyplace else on I-95 north of Philly! 

May 24, 2011
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The South ends 50 miles north of where you live :).  Actually, I would say that Maryland is a bit of both.  The Eastern Shore and Southern MD definitely feel Southern, but the Baltimore/Washington Corridor?  Definitely the North.

May 24, 2011
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I live in Baltimore, but I went to college on the Eastern Shore. People on the ES are definitely southern, farms everywhere and religion is HUGE.

Baltimore? Complete opposite.

May 24, 2011
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Umm, Delaware is doing just fine by itself. There's something special about the "Small Wonder". Why would we contaminate that our history rich with tradition with the junk and crime of other states?

May 24, 2011
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Read James Michener's "Chesapeake" for a good history on Maryland from pre-Columbus through the 1970's. Many farmers on the eastern shore, the western panhandle and Southern Maryland were pro-Confederacy, but the industrialist center of the state held Maryland for the Union. Having grown up in La Plata in southern Maryland, I can tell you that it had many of the attributes of "Southern" culture, both positive and negative. Although, when visiting my Virginian relatives, I always felt like a Yankee! It really was a swing state, and in many ways still is.

May 24, 2011
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I'm from southcentral PA, about 45 miles due north of Hagerstown, MD, and attend school at WVU. I think it's fair to say that southern ideals and cultural values definitely extend up to the middle of the state. Around the some of the larger cities, maybe not, but southcentraland central PA are definitely southern: wooded and rural farmland with a high priority on traditional values. Maybe this goes to show that the "Pennsylbama" political divisions have some validity.

May 24, 2011
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I would have to agree with "Daysies". I am from just north of Baltimore and no one I know considers themselves part of "the south".

May 24, 2011
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Maryland is a mix of northern and southern cultures. The area adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay was colonised primarily by English and Scottish people, whereas parts to the northwest were settled by Germans and Scotch-Irish. The borders with Pennsylvania and Delaware were in dispute, leading to harrassment and even murder, before finally being decided by the Mason-Dixon survey. Tobacco planters near the Bay relied on slave labor, whereas the wheat grown west of Baltimore was a less labor-intensive crop. During the Civil War, sentiment in the state was divided. For example, Washington County was primarily pro-Union, while the adjacent Frederick County was pro-Confederacy. My German ancestors from Carroll County, MD joined a Pennsylvania regiment. After the Civil War, many former slaves migrated to the DC area from North Carolina. We have the fishing and crabbing culture of the Bay, the beautiful mountains in the west, and completely diverse urban areas with residents from around the world. Maryland has a unique mosaic of dialects and cultures, and I would hate to see it lumped in with either Pennsylvania or Virginia.

May 24, 2011
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is this really goood to make soup like that. well, my teacher Shellena Stone has a daughter, and she is a really good teacher

May 26, 2011
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Um, read your history. The Maryland State song, "Maryland, My Maryland" is decidely Southern. It refers to President Lincoln as a "tyrant," "despot," and "Vandal," and to the Union as "Northern scum. Maryland was a slave state. The Baltimore riot of 1861 had a bloody ending when Union soldiers fired on a city crowd that was pro-Confederate (the first bloodshed of the Civil War). Also, as part of the the Great Compromise, the North acquiesced to having the nation's capital in the South (Washington, DC...most of which was originally composed of Maryland and partially of Virginia).

 

Culturally, there is a gradation of what "Southern" means as well. No one is saying Boston and New York are the same, but they share characteristics are indeed both Northern cities. Similarly, many Southern traits can be found in Marylanders, residents of DC, and Virginians (let's not forget Richmond, VA was the capital of the Confederacy), even though they may not exactly be like Alabamans or Georgians. Plus DC is the capital so the region is going to draw a lot of people from all over that will water down the culture--but in my opinion, natives of the DC metro area are by far more Southern than Northern.

 

And DC is NOT a Northern city, sorry (I moved here 5 years ago from New York). If you want to say it's not Southern, fine with me, but as a born and bred Northerner, I can tell you the vibe of the place is not Northern. To me it seems more Southern: It's slower-paced, people rely on glib social graces, and it's HOT AS HELL. Not to mention the fact that I see guys wearing seersucker suits all the time--very Southern.

May 26, 2011
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Ryn

Born and raised in East Tennessee, stationed on Andrews AFB for over ten years, Maryland became "home"  At first it seemed very "northern" to us. We love the diversity and cultures in the DC area. We have been in the area for well over twenty years now. Home sweet home.

May 26, 2011
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