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Sunbelt, Texas, history


What then is the Sunbelt, and Texas' place within it? The region first had to be recognized as a region, of course, and that has taken some doing. The term was initially employed in the late 1960s and soon came to loom large in the popular imagination. Still, its boundaries were and are inexact. Where is the Sunbelt? Some commentators have adopted an all-inclusive definition which links together those states south of the thirty-seventh parallel; an even more expansive version includes Virginia and the Pacific Northwest. Others rely on more precise, but no less problematic descriptions which, depending on the source, focus exclusively on the Southwest or the Southeast or the Gulf Coast states (or the Southwest plus Florida). Confusion, in short, reigns.


Excerpt from content used in lieu of an abstract. Posted with permission from Texas A&M University Press. Chapter from Texas Through Time, ed. Robert Calvert and Walter Buenger. Book may be ordered at

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© 1991 Texas A&M University Press