Indiana is an important manufacturing and agricultural state situated just below the Great Lakes.
Indiana is known for its famous NASCAR racing, and many conservatives live there. However that is mostly in the central part of the state. A lot of Liberals live in Indiana too....Gary was voted most liberal city in the U.S. And it did vote for Obama in the US election of 2008, unfortunately they voted for Romney 4 years later.
Up till the mid 20th Century Children were taught that Racial segregation was God's will and preachers gave the same message at white churches on Sundays.  Jesus would have been barred from some white churches because he was a dark skinned Arab.