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Interesting post in one of my fb groups. When two maps closely resemble each other, geographers and cartographers take notice. The top map from the New York Times used cell phone data to track when people stopped traveling more than two miles due to the pandemic. It was notable that the red counties have waited far longer than people in the rest of the country, beyond March 26, and some not even well after then. I kept staring at this map, feeling that I'd seen it before somewhere. Then it hit me that the red counties closely matched the map of the Confederacy. Just look at the difference between Virginia and West Virginia, which formed to rejoin the Union. The transitional zone on the 2020 map is in Missouri and Kentucky, two Union "border states" that retained slavery. And even though Indian Territory (later Oklahoma) was part of the Union, it also had slavery. So what's going on here? Your guess is as good as mine. It could be an ingrained history of defying federal authority, or disregarding human rights. It could be high levels of racial inequality, but the South is hardly unique in that department. It could be conservative Trump-voting areas, but most of those areas outside the South did not hold out so long. It could be a Christian sense of invincibility, but West Virginia is just as Christian as Virginia. Whatever it is, it's not nothing. The imprint of our history shows up in unexpected times and places. Moments of so-called "natural" disasters are when the underlying realities of our society are exposed and unveiled.
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