I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this podcast. It was recorded by a guy, Andrew Forsthoefel, who walked across the country.
About the south, he says:
“This would happen a lot, people warning me about those others. ‘They’re not friendly like us.’ ‘They’ll shoot you for the shirt off your back.’ ‘Don’t trust them.’ I never knew how to deal with the prejudice. Especially when it came from someone who took me into their home and fed me. More often than I’d like to admit, I wouldn’t say anything.
“What I wish is that these people could have experienced what I did, and seen that the people they warned me about, were the very ones who took me in the next night, and fed me, and told me their stories, and then warned me about the people further on down the road.”
Listen here. When finished, click on the photos above the comment section. Some have additional audio clips with them.