The regions history is that of segregation. With much of the towns still segregated, and many institutions, such as schools and churches still segregated. Much of the wealth and therefore power, is held by old families, who control the wealth, usually in real estate. The regions main resource used to be beef cattle, poultry, and timber. The regions primarily religion is fundamentalist protestantism, which greatly influences the political, social, and cultural activities.
We predict that East texas will change little in the near future due to most of the wealth being invested in the small towns by families, so the power is generally passed down through the bloodline, allowing for little change. (Valeria De Luna, Lawrence Saldivar, John Hale)