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Post photographer Michael Williamson is traveling across the country covering the economic situation.

Half a Tank: Along Recession Road: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

A Tin Man On A Bridge

John Hardy lugs scrap metal across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a historic civil rights site. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post SELMA, Ala.--During better days, John Hardy worked as a carpenter. Now, he is a regular figure on the...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 26, 2009; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Saving Souls in Selma

Elton Johnson, a co-pastor at the House of Praise Church in Selma, preaches under a tent on the side of the road. His wife, Deloise Johnson, is pastor at the church, which will keep the tent at that location...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 26, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Casinos in Cotton Fields in Tunica

The Gold Strike in Tunica is 31 stories and was once the tallest building in Mississippi. It's now third behind two other casinos. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post TUNICA, Miss.--“Wheeeeel of Fortune!” I could hear it calling out...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 25, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Arkansas Groceries, Past And Present

Moro grocery store remains open despite looking like it closed long ago. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post MORO, Ark—Michael usually drives, not only because I’m horrible at it (I am), but because he likes the freedom to screech...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 24, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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King Biscuit's Empty Palace

Abe Boothe, unemployed, sits in front of a recently closed diner called Boos Kajun Korner on Missouri Street. Behind him, a mural honors Helena's musicians. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark – In front of a...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 24, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A Landmark in Memphis

Ed Butler, of Trenton, NJ., and Nekiel Jackson, of Marianna, Ark., point to where James Earl Ray fired the shot that killed Martin Luther King Jr. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post MEMPHIS, Tenn--Ed Butler and Nekiel Jackson stood...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 23, 2009; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Taking Care of Business in Memphis

On stage at Club 152, where Elvis impersonator Danny Spinosa performs. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post MEMPHIS, Tenn.--Under a red spotlight, Danny Spinosa cocked a hip and tapped a white boot on the stage. “You ain’t nothing but...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 23, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cleaning House in Wildersville

Robert Hackett and Casey Perry clean our motel rooms in Wildersville, Tenn. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post WILDERSVILLE, Tenn.—If Robert Hackett had a choice, he’d spend his days at a factory, making generators. Instead, when we met him,...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 22, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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An S.O.S Along The Road & A Reporter's New Role

John El, a resident of Tent City in Nashville. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Out of nowhere, John El asked me to write this down: “Ronald Gene Tye, your brother is trying to find you. Please contact...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 22, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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