Sunday, January 27, 2008

South Carolina

South Carolina has experienced its 30 minutes of electoral fame for this election cycle. Fifteen for the Republican Primary last week, and fifteen more for the Democratic Primary yesterday.

Our friends at The Electoral Map have gathered some geographical analysis of the Republican Primary (and more here) as well as the Democratic Primary.

However, the map image that really caught my eye was this analysis of Barbecue Regions. Mmmm, Barbecue... (must be lunchtime...)

  • The State of South Carolina is known as the "Palmetto State".
  • The Battle of Kings Mountain marked a turning point the the Southern Theatre of the American Revolution.
  • It was the first state to secede from the Union in 1860 and the American Civil War began when Confederate batteries began shelling Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.
  • The state's stubborn worship of the Confederate battle flag still causes controversies and boycotts.
  • However, the official state flag is a fine design. No boring "Official Seal", although the palmetto tree may violate Josh Parson's Rule #2a of Flag Design (Do not put a picture of anything on your flag).
  • Your fearless cartographic correspondent has many ancestors from South Carolina, and still has many cousins living in the Piedmont, or Tomato Barbecue Region.
Here is a map postcard of South Carolina from my collection:

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7 Comments:

At Sunday, January 27, 2008 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

Love the S.C. flag! I almost gave it the nod for best state flag, but New Mexico staged a come-from-behind finish in my affections.

Nice assortment of South Carolignia. Is that a word?

 
At Sunday, January 27, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

I'm sure it wasn't... until now!

 
At Monday, January 28, 2008 , Blogger jhunterj said...

"South Caroliniana" may be the phrase you're looking for.

One man's "stubborn worship" is another man's "faithful honoring". I'd agree with pulling it off the state house, but, as a Carolinian, I recognize that not all of the flag's supporters are idolators.

 
At Monday, January 28, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Ha! I thought that might get a rise out of one of my readers... maybe I need to be more inflammatory to get comments. I'll retract the word "worship", but not the word "stubborn"...

While I actually believe that the compromise of moving the flag to a memorial for the war dead should have ended the state house controversy, I have little sympathy for the flag supporters. "Southern Partisans" might claim that use of the flag is to honor their heritage, but the fact that the resurgence of the Confederate flag coincides with the Civil Rights Movement, will forever taint it as a symbol of racism.

Am I saying that all southerners who "faithfully honor" their heritage are racists? No. But the Confederate flag has been embraced by racists and white supremacists as their symbol.

 
At Monday, January 28, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

The pressing question is: are you tomato, mustard, or vinegar and pepper?

 
At Friday, October 02, 2009 , Blogger XDANTHEMANX76 said...

I loved this map until I saw it was inaccurate. It does not have my home town of Aiken SC on it. Thats all right even though Aiken is the biggest county in SC. The map shows Augusta GA where Aiken would be. Augusta is in Georgia. Whats up with that?

 
At Friday, October 02, 2009 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Agreed. Very lame that Augusta GEORGIA is prominently displayed on a South Carolina postcard.

 

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