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The relationship between unity and geography is complicated

Added 01-24-21 01:23:01am EST - “YOUNGSTOWN ?" There is a little township in Columbiana County along the back roads that connect Pittsburgh and this eastern Ohio city. It is named Unity, and its bucolic scenery contains a smidgen of decay, isolation, prosperity,…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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YOUNGSTOWN — There is a little township in Columbiana County along the back roads that connect Pittsburgh and this eastern Ohio city. It is named Unity, and its bucolic scenery contains a smidgen of decay, isolation, prosperity, and lost dreams.

The word "unity" gets thrown around a lot these days, mostly because President Biden often used the term leading up to and on the day of his inauguration. It became a promise of what his presidency was going to bring.

I often focus on people's sense of place in my reporting when I travel across America's back roads. I have the task of finding a story rather than going with a pre-conceptual story. There is abandon to that approach because it is in that context that geography often plays a compelling role in how people view culture, politics, and their place in the world.

Tom Maraffa has been thinking about geography, a subject the professor teaches at Youngstown State University, and it's relationship to unity.

"One of the things that's a theme is the tension in countries between a national identity and diversity of various types and how there are unifying forces and forces that pull countries apart," he explained.

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