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  1. reddit_mouse says

    Used to live in Tuscaloosa, they conveniently call it the black belt — after the soil.

  2. FishDawgX says

    The smartest history teacher I ever had told us, “all of history can be explained by geography”. Among many wise things, this was one of the most important things he taught us.

    EDIT: Thanks, Mr. Thomas!

  3. Jayer244 says

    The only thing that would make this data even better would be a table explaining me what those colors mean

  4. wanderer-over-fog says

    Soil and ancient ecosystems have enormous effect on our lives and this is one of the best ways ive seen it demonstrated

  5. sonOFsack889 says

    This is true throughout the southeast and not just Alabama. Look at the 2020 election results by county and you’ll see a thick blue line going from Mississippi all the way up to Virginia. All correspond to where the oceans use to be and Democrat votes.

  6. oddllama25 says

    If this is actual causation, I’d say this is the most IAF thing I’ve seen posted here.

  7. wss1252 says

    This is the current leader for best Reddit post I’ve seen so far this year.

  8. 1nGirum1musNocte says

    Wow.. this… Actually fits the sub…

  9. CuckBuckler says

    Geography is the mother of all history!

  10. hellothere42069 says

    One of the better posts I’ve seen on Reddit this month and a x5 multiplier for being on an appropriate sub.

  11. 7937397 says

    I think the one piece I’m not following is average farm size in 1997. Is red meaning big farm or small farm, and what impact does that have?

  12. YourMomThinksImFunny says

    For a second I thought this was one of the r/dataisbeautiful

  13. Capt_Trippz says

    This was posted to a Facebook group late last night or this morning. Here’s the original text that came with it:

    If (like me) you enjoy looking at maps, you might sometimes wonder why a map looks a the way it does. The events leading to a certain demographic being more common here, or a border being drawn there, can often be very complex, and fascinating. Here I’ve gathered 6 maps of the US state of Alabama. Together, these maps tell a story that links a coastline from the time of the dinosaurs, to modern political demographics, via one of the darkest periods of American history.

    Map 1 shows us the Cretaceous sediments of Alabama. These sediments are rocks and minerals laid down along the swampy southern coast of the continent of Appalachia, which existed around 100 million years ago. North America had not yet formed at this time.
    Map 2 shows the location of Blackland Prairie soil. This soil is known for its high fertility, as a result of the nutrients deposited during the Cretaceous period.
    Map 3 shows us modern farm sizes in Alabama. The largest farms (shown in red) can be found in areas with the most fertile soil. This shows us how economically important Blackland Prairie soil is.

    Map 4 shows slave populations according to the 1860 census. At that time, slaves accounted for 45% of the state’s population. Only 3% of the state population was made up of free Black citizens. In the darkest regions of the map, enslaved people accounted for over 80% of the population. Slaves mainly worked on cotton plantations, and these plantations were most common in the areas with the most fertile soil.
    Map 5 shows us the modern Black population of Alabama. The darkest red areas show more than 44% of the population of the region is Black. Despite the 150 years between these maps, these is still a close correlation between the historic slave populations, and the modern Black populations.

    And finally map 6 shows us the results of the 2020 election. Areas with large Black populations are much more likely to vote for the Democratic party (shown in blue). This trend continues to the east and west of Alabama, along the so called “Black Belt” of the southern USA, and along the buried coastline of the Cretaceous continent of Appalachia.
    When we look at maps and data about the modern world, it’s easy to forget that everything about our world has been dictated and shaped by the events of history, and prehistory. From ancient continents to terrible atrocities, our world is a product of its past, and understanding that past can be key to helping us better understand the present. -Starkey

  14. IkeDaddyDeluxe says

    The colors look nice and one can assume what they mean. But the lack of any scale or specifics kind of leaves me wanting.

  15. Noob66662 says

    Wow, now this is half as interesting.

  16. Stoffys says

    Sediments cause Democrats. Got it.

  17. Inkaara says

    Ok I’m half asleep and I thought I was looking at some weird skirt designs. I think I should just sleep

  18. SkylarAV says

    Damn liberal coastal elites

  19. jbgtoo says

    Cretaceous Race Theory

  20. Master-Shaq says

    The colors mason! What do they mean!

  21. the-poopiest-diaper says

    “Average farm size”

    *red*

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  23. bradgibbster says

    Holy cow. That is fascinating.

  24. rreppy says

    Interesting. I realize Correlation does not mean Causation, but any theories that tie these together?

  25. SCL1878 says

    This is fascinating. Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my dad looking for fossils and shark teeth in pike and bullock county.

  26. Visible-Ad7732 says

    There is something similar as well between England and Scotland.

    Geography is the reason why the division exists

  27. hodl_n_double says

    Yep Cretaceous sediment led to just the right type of soil for cotton growth that followed a very specific strip just a few miles wide. Crazy how that shows up as a voting statistic today. There’s a good Half As Interesting video on it.

  28. coolplate says

    What the fuck do the colors mean in each map?

  29. Knight_of_the_Lepus says

    Can we also see a map of population concentrations in Alabama?

    Are we also going to find out that most people live along that strip?

  30. DeathPercept10n says

    Thus is the epitome of interesting as fuck.

  31. thebestdaysofmyflerm says

    For anyone curious about why Black Americans overwhelmingly vote for Democrats, please look into the [Southern Strategy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_strategy).

    In the midst of the racist backlash to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, the Republican party realized that they could win over Southern white voters with thinly veiled anti-Black rhetoric and policies. This strategy was massively successful, radically shifting the political map and catapulting Richard Nixon into the White House. The Southern Strategy’s impact is still enormous, and it is a key reason why the GOP, once the party who emancipated slaves, is now a bastion of racism.

    Trump’s presidency has often been called the death of the Southern Strategy, though it’s arguably more an evolution of it. He tore down the thin veil of respectability, choosing to instead be loudly, explicitly racist. The Washington Post [described this shift](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/01/10/how-donald-trump-put-an-end-to-the-gops-southern-strategy/) as “trading the dog-whistle for the bullhorn.”

  32. IonLoveTheseHoes says

    How am I supposed to know what these colors mean without a key, someone didn’t pass the 4th grade

  33. TeemoBestmo says

    I mean if anything this is just showing that probably more people settled in the good farming areas. and more dense places vote Dem – which is true basically anywhere.

    Texas for example is all majorly red except for the big cities.

    not that shocking

  34. Zak9Attack says

    Some of these maps need legends

  35. woolsocksandsandals says

    So interesting. I love to see stuff like this.

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