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States of the Union
We gathered writers from around the country to tell us about where they discovered religion and politics in their states. Both part of a union and cultures unto their own, these states reveal stories of people, places and histories of the American experience.


An Atheist Finds (Some) Reasons to Believe in Her Old Church.

By Sarah Stankorb


A French Teacher Lives Among the Cajuns.

By Max Perry Mueller


A Cornhusker Prays with FCA.

By Paul Putz


An Autoworker Reconciles God and Mammon.

By Christopher D. Cantwell


A Spiritual Frontier Opens for Business.

By Brook Wilensky-Lanford


A Priest Takes on the Coal Industry.

By Dwight Billings, Kate Black and Kathi Kern

New Hampshire

A Protester Fights to Live Free or Die.

By Madeline DeSantis

South Carolina

A Reporter Trails Nikki Haley and Mark Sanford.

By Tiffany Stanley


A Pastor’s Son Notes When Politics Came to the Pulpit.

By Randall Balmer


A Historian Challenges H.L. Mencken.

By Alison Collis Greene