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Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State because Tennesseans were so quick to volunteer for military service, dating back to the War of 1812.
Politically, it's a Republican state for the most part, but elects GOP moderates. The cities can lean Democratic - both Chattanooga and Nashville have Democratic mayors.
It's also a growing state, with many new arrivals from other states and other countries.
Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks to political analysts and visits Casa Azafrán, a center offering services to Nashville's growing immigrant population.
This segment aired on March 1, 2016.