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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.


A Novelist Tours a Nuclear Testing Site.

By Rachel Marston


A Scholar Drives Through a Swing State.

By Paul Harvey


A Blogger Revisits the Yale Athletic Fields.

By Mark Silk

North Carolina

A Southerner Mines the Meaning of Progress.

By Marla Frederick


A Hoosier Remembers Eating Government Cheese.

By Sean McCloud


A Son of the South Returns to the Heart of Dixie.

By David H. Watt


A Teacher Strolls Along the Freedom Trail.

By Heather D. Curtis


A Professor Tells a Tale of Two Congressional Districts.

By Michael D. McNally

Rhode Island

A Resident Hears Dissent in Roger Williams’ State.

By Thomas A. Lewis


A Westerner Encounters Open Range Religion.

By Quincy D. Newell