What America Looks Like: Birmingham, Alabama

The United States as seen by its residents

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A sculpture in Birmingham, Alabama, commemorates the civil right's struggle that occurred in the city. It is one of several on display in Kelly Ingram Park, across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Church. "During the first week of May 1963, Birmingham police and firemen attacked civil rights demonstrators, many of whom were children, in the streets bordering this park," notes its official Web site. "The violence raised a nationwide public outcry, hastening integration in America's most segregated city."

Submission guidelines: We're seeking photographs that capture the look and feel of the United States as seen through the eyes of the people who live here, rather than the stock images seen on postcards and TV backdrops. Landscapes are okay. So are images with people so long as their surroundings are captured. Email photo submissions to whatamericalookslike@gmail.com - doing so affirms that you hold all rights to the submission, and grants us permission to publish your photo at TheAtlantic.com and in any future collection of What America Looks Like photographs.

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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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