4 Months/48 States: A Journey Begins

The cataclysmic hemorrhaging of the US economy broke the spirit and bank accounts of Americans across the country. Job loss, bankruptcy, and home foreclosures mark only the measurable statistics representing crushed aspirations, helplessness, grief, desolation and broken-hearts of lives swallowed whole by a voracious monster experts like to call a recession.

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places," Ernest Hemingway wrote in Farewell to Arms.  This morning I begin a quest to discover that well of strength I believe still resides in the American people and communities most devastated by the economic downturn.

For the next four months I will travel the back roads and State highways through the 48 contiguous United States, uncovering stories of economic survival and endurance. In diners, bars, bingo halls and coffee shops, I seek those Americans who have lost everything--except hope.

Presented by

Christina Davidson is a writer, photographer, and book editor who specializes in national security, terrorism, and war. She also writes for the food blog Feed The Masses.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book

Video

The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"

Video

This Japanese Inn Has Been Open for 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.

Video

What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.

More in National

Just In