Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Tue Dec 2nd 2008 at 2:41pm UTC

Path Dependence

This map compares the south’s 2008 presidential vote (in conventional red and blue) with an 1860 map of cotton production (dots).

(Via  Strange Maps, h/t Charlotta Mellander)

More discussion here.

One Response to “Path Dependence”

  1. MPS Says:

    I think I alluded to this phenomenon a few weeks ago – this is basically America’s “African-American Rural Crescent” stretching from Southeast Virginia to the Mississippi Delta, although it should be noted that this region now has a handful of diverse urban and suburban counties in it or on its periphery – Atlanta (Fulton/DeKalb), Charlotte (Mecklenburg), Raleigh (Wake), Columbia, SC (Richland), Augusta, GA (Richmond), etc.