Not from the South, I was raised in the high North of rural Michigan. In many ways we had the same way of life as our Southern brethren, but we had real, cold winters, and, of course, were without their accent and slang. As rural and small town Americans, we shared much of the same pride in being independent, self-reliant, and self-sufficient. We, like the Southerners, liked to make and fix everything ourselves. A very big part of America that is presently either maligned, frowned upon, or ignored by popular cultural mediums and media, most so called "rednecks" have strong family ties, are very nationalistic, and have good moral values. Here is an example of a father and son collaboration producing a very masculine truck of American heritage. This young man is very proud of his work, proud to acknowledge his father's help, proud of American manufacturing heritage, and likes masculine pursuits. Were this country to dissolve into chaos with the people living in dense urban areas to be found subjugated and starving, these so called "rednecks", with their long family lineages, and their abundant craft and skill carried within their generations, would be the bulwarks to their descent into depravity and vitiation.