I had been living and travelling in different places in the U.S, and one of these places is Misissippi. I really found this to be an odd place; is very behind the "real world".
In general, people there are different, they have low tolerance of people from different backgrounds and cultures, and most especially when it comes to religion. I once experienced being asked during a job interview if I am a christian ! ?.... one thing i noticed is that in every corner in that place they have thier advertisements about god's word's. even in the restaurants.