Georgia (state) – wikitravel electricity hair stand up

Many (but not all) Georgians speak with southern accents. Non-native English speakers may have difficulty understanding them. Many native Georgians speak in the dialect of the American South. This dialect changes slightly as you cross through each region, and will be more so in rural areas.

People in the South generally speak more slowly, carefully, and politely than those from the North. In particular, English speaking visitors from larger cities or other regions will have to adjust to the different pace of speech if they visit Georgia’s smaller towns. Speaking quickly and bluntly can be perceived as inconsiderate or rude, and may gather a negative response.

• Little Sacrifices, When Duncan and Sarah Powell move with their daughter, May, to Savannah Georgia in 1947, they hope against hope that they’ll be welcomed. But they’re Yankees and worse, they’re civil rights advocates almost a decade too early. At first May can pretend they’re the same as everyone else. It means keeping quiet when she knows she should speak up, but it’s worth the sacrifice to win friends. Unfortunately her parents are soon putting their beliefs into action. And when they wake to find that they’re the only family on the block with a Ku Klux Klan cross blazing on their front lawn, the time comes for them to finally decide between what’s easy and what’s right.

• Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Shots rang out in Savannah’s grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt’s sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.

Certain areas of the United States, including the southern regions and rural areas of the Midwest, typically carry more socially conservative views. While the LGBT community is gaining more widespread acceptance, travelers are advised to avoid public displays of affection.

Gun ownership is relatively common in Georgia as well as the rest of the South, especially in rural areas. It is unusual to see a gun in everyday life, but it is still a possibility. Gun owners are generally responsible with their weapons, and there is no cause for alarm or panic if a person is seen with a gun.

It is wise to exercise caution in places like nightclubs, where shootings are not unheard of. Do not approach or cut through a stranger’s property at night if you are in a rural area or the outskirts of a city. Most people who have bought a gun have done so for protecting their family and property.

Unfortunately, many people and offices run the air conditioning down to 70F in the summer, and crank the heat up to 80F in the winter. As a result, dress that’s appropriate for outside may not be suited for indoors. The best way to cope is to dress in layers, so you can adjust as needed.