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Hard, cold facts

For better or worse, air conditioning changed the way Southerners live

Posted: August 31, 2014 at 3:12 a.m.

A dogtrot house, with a middle passageway, was designed to keep its occupants as cool as possible during hot days before electric fans and air conditioning. The house in this undated photograph was a few miles from Calico Rock.

Nothing has had a greater impact on modern Arkansas and the South than air conditioning. As historian Raymond Arsenault wrote: "Air conditioning has changed the Southern way of life, influencing everything from architecture to sleeping habits.''

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