More fiddling with the N-gram

I went back and did another N-gram looking at other iterations of the “southern problem.”  Again you see some significant peaks, with the exception of the phrase the “southern question” which I had already determined though my original research was the least popular one.  Of interest, Edwin L. Godwin, an Irish immigrant who founded the Nation magazine, published two articles in the Nation in 1880 entitled “The Southern Question in the Canvass” (July 29) and “The White Side of the Southern Question (August 19).  This is why I reference 1880 in the title but that rhetorical version of the Problem South did not take hold as deeply in national discussions about what was wrong with the southern states. image

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