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Regional Traditions in American Folk Architecture

How can we measure the spatial limits of a tradition? When a group of people share a similar way of life, political or geographical dividing lines are of little consequence. A clear demonstration of this fact is found in Indiana. The southern third of the state is culturally part of the Upland South. The rest of Indiana follows a midwestern pattern except for the fringe area near Lake Michigan which is northern in orientation. The mighty Ohio river, Indiana's southern boundary, is usually considered the northern limit of the South. Yet, we can find significant elements of southern culture--modes of log cabin construction, agricultural ...

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