The Photo Issue: The Real Americana

Dorothy Williams of St. Louis holding one of the few significant items she has left from her father, Isadore Banks: his American flag. He was a wealthy World War I veteran and businessman who was found dead in 1954 four days after leaving home to pay farmworkers. His body was burned and chained to a tree. The people responsible for his lynching were never held accountable. (Vanessa Charlot)

Images that capture joy and pride — and speak to the true American spirit

The Washington Post is closing its Sunday magazine — one of the very few outlets in the US where captivating, truth-telling, inspiring photos appear. You can see the entire series of “The Real Americana” at

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