Just read Terry Southern’s marvellous 1963 essay ‘Twirling at Ole Miss’, from Esquire. A Texan returning to the south. Fantastic and evocative writing. Scenes we can watch as in a film (and Southern was a very good screenwriter).
Another sample, when he decides to take a taxi:
Interestingly Southern also notes an early example of “upspeak”: He meets a girl who speaks “in that oddly rising inflection peculiar to girls of the South, making parts of a reply sound like a question: ‘Why, back home near Macon … Macon, Georgia? At Robert E. Lee High? … we've got these outfits with tassels! And a little red-and-gold skirt?’ …”
Is that where it came from?