>How did NOVA become redneck? Pt. 2

>The DC area was a sleepy backwater town untl the thirties. During the mid-1800s the city experienced an influx of immigrants, mostly Irish. The area didn’t experience the turn of the century immigration like Chicago, Detroit, and New York. However, southerners did flock to the city starting in the thirties. This migration was a gush at first and then became a trickle until it stopped in the early seventies. The large numbers of “hillbillies” turned the area’s nightclubs into honky tonks and the area came to have a much more southern feel.

DC and surrounding areas had significant (possibly majority) southern sentiments during the civil war, so the addition of southen migrants just added to the southerness of the city. The migrants settled in Southeast DC, Prince Georges County, and Northern Virginia, but grappled with huge housing shortages. This led to enormous, almost ramshackle, housing developments populated almot exclusively by southern whites. For example, Pimmit Hills in Tysons is a huge neighborhood of homes that look identical and are quite small. Way back the legend told that the Fairfax police were too afraid to go into the neighborhood so it was some kind of hillbilly free for all. I doubt that was really the case.

Nonetheless, these newcomers wanted nightclubs to themselves and they got their wish. Across the area, including NOVA, there were nightclubs hosting legendary country artists playing to their kin folk. This was how the DC area was until things began to shift in the nineties. The redneck nature of the area disappeared almost overnight and has been washed from the area as if it were never there.

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One Response to >How did NOVA become redneck? Pt. 2

  1. Minister Bill says:

    What can one say about a writer who is so out of touch with the DC environment prior to the 90s? I was there in the 60s and there was no Redneck presence at that time. The gay movement was in the open, hippies were creating a new cultural movement, numerous antiwar and human-rights demonstrations rocked the nation’s capital. Any rednecks in DC had returned to Virginia back in the 50s. When the local Nazis would periodically attempt to intimidate the leftist and hippies in NW DC, we marched their sorry asses out of town, as they scurried away like frightened rats when we confronted them. After that, it was just a few punk racist suburbanites from MD or NOVA who infrequently flexed their muscle with attacks on so-called long-hairs, but essentially they were impotent when they realized we would kick their ass if they wanted to take us on, and in one instance in Georgetown a Pagan blew away one of these stupid kids. By the 90’s, DC had become a gentrified city. The author did not do his homework and just made up a phony hole in his story that needed filling. Rednecks were long gone by the late 60s, How can we trust anything this author has written?

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