Regionalism -- United States, Sunbelt States, Geographical names -- United States -- History
Given the speed with which we have embraced the idea and terminology of a Sunbelt, this essay attempts to explore several related issues. As an introduction, it will briefly review the process of introduction and acceptance of the term. It will then explore possible reasons for the "discovery" of the Sunbelt, its seemingly quick success, and its persistent use after it has slipped to the status of cliche in national journalism. The underlying concern is to understand why Americans took the new terminology so readily to heart by examining what it is that "Sunbelt" explains or implies that lies beyond the connotations of our more traditional regional terms.
Abbott, Carl, "New West, New South, New Region: The Discovery of the Sunbelt" (1988). Center for Urban Studies Publications and Reports. 46.