In this chapter

In this chapter, Malcolm Gladwell discusses how cultural legacies have a significant effect on how a person will react to certain situations that they are involved in. To support his claim, Gladwell uses the town of Harlan, Kentucky as his first example since cultural legacies are evident in this town, they “have deep roots and long lives” and “persist, generation after generation” almost unchanged even though the “economic and social demographic conditions that spawned them have vanished”, and Gladwell uses various sources to make them clear to the reader.
Gladwell picked a group of young men from different cultures and conducted an experiment in which one man says a trigger word to some of the men and tests to see if they get more aggravated as more tests are conducted. He found that southerners that were told the trigger word got more aggravated than those who hadn’t been told or those who were told the word but weren’t from the south. Gladwell finds out that southerns from smaller communities get more aggravated than a person from a different culture would. Through his evidence, Gladwell is able to convey that you have to be careful with what you say to people because they might react differently to those words than others. Some people may be more sensitive about what we say than others. We should all respect one another and make our interactions with people amicable.