Today’s American South is younger, more diverse, and more innovative — so why is it still largely a one-party region? Meanwhile, the South remains a hotly contested political battleground and key to both parties’ hopes of winning the White House. What are the legacies of the South’s history — cultural, racial, political — that persist to this day? While many southern cities have become centers of diversity and economic growth, southerners living outside of metropolitan areas are feeling left behind. As a son of Miami who grew up in Gainesville and Tallahassee, I will bring my lived experience to this session. If you are from the South, I hope you will bring your insight to this session. If you are not, what are the historical and cultural legacies where you grew up?