Is America a divided country? Do we have anything in common?
In every region of the United States, in places called Columbia, photographer Francis Smith is looking for what unites us.
Why Columbia? As our nation's poetic name, it once united us in our numerous times of internal strife. As a symbol for liberty and progress, Columbia was America By Another Name.
And now America By Another Name is a new multi-media project:
- A photography exhibition and book about Americans today, people of any income,
ethnicity, creed, or politics; those descended from Native
Americans and European colonists, and those who are newly arrived.
- Videos exploring Columbia's place in our nations's cultural history: who was Miss Columbia? Why was Hail, Columbia our national anthem? And more.
Francis Smith's lens acknowledges the differences between us, but always seeks: what do we share?
- Do you live in a place called Columbia? Be photographed!
- Do you love American life, and seek our common ground? Make a tax deductible donation!
Together, we'll hear Columbia's reminder: we have more in common than we often think. Please join this effort!