Historical flashback: When Washington and Baltimore were true Southern cities

Historical flashback: When Washington and Baltimore were true Southern cities

Today, many Americans refer to Baltimore and Washington as northern or “East Coast” cities instead of Southern cities.

For some people the term “East Coast” means from Washington to Boston. Yet, the term “East Coast” also means any city located along or near the Atlantic Seaboard. This includes: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Norfolk, Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, Charleston, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Miami.

The South is home to the fastest population growth in the United States. It  appears that the “South” may have a negative connotation, so much so, that Baltimore and Washington city fans like not to associate the cities with this region.

Dilemma X shares just a few historical newspaper articles where it is very clear that Baltimore and Washington are southern cities.
Eleanor Holmes Norton: U.S Congresswoman, District of Columbia

Segregation in Washington, DC

Desegregating Baltimore City Schools

Geographical Regions of the United States

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The biggest cities of the South

Baltimore Urban South

Washington Urban South
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Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Skyline

Baltimore 1860



Baltimore 1948

Baltimore 1962

Washington, District of Columbia

Washington DC

Washington DC 1876

Washington 1917

Pittsburgh Press newspaper note: Pittsburgh has been spelled with an “h” officially and historically since its founding in 1758, except for the period between 1890 and 1911. In 1890, the United States Board on Geographic Names decided that the final “h” was to be dropped in the names of all U.S. cities and towns ending in burgh. The newspaper had not switched back in 1919.

Also, cities that ended in “borough” became “boro”. In 1911, after protest from citizens who wished to preserve the historic spelling, the United States Board on Geographic Names reversed its decision and restored the h to Pittsburgh. Some cities that originally ended in “borough” reverted back and some did not such as Greensboro, North Carolina (which was originally Greensborough) or Hillsboro, NC that reverted back to Hillsborough.

Washington 1919

Washington 1946

Washington 1963

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