“Everybody is equal. We all bleed the same blood.”
— Michele Shultz, 50, of Charles Town, W.Va.
“If we treat each other as a family, things would be a lot better.”
— Blake Smith, 21, of Sykesville, Md.
“I like to use the term personal readiness.”
— Paul Seyfried, 62, of West Jordan, Utah
“To me the American Dream is living in peace.”
— Ivan De La Torre, 26, of Los Angeles
“Hope keeps us united.”
— Tina Gregg, 45, of Caryville, Tenn.
“I think that simplicity brings us together.”
— Annie Tran, 30, of Haiku, Hawaii
“What defines a country? Is it borders?”
— James Davis, 33, of Las Vegas
In the year since President Trump’s inauguration, Washington Post photographers explored what unites Americans through portraiture and audio interviews. What values and beliefs are shared in a country often described as polarized? In 102 conversations in every state plus D.C., seven themes emerge — and they reveal that what binds us is as powerful as what divides us.