What does it really mean to be an American today?


  • Life Without Internet When the Whole World Has Gone Virtual

    The digital divide in America has become a major problem during the pandemic.
  • The Joys (and Challenges) of Living in a Van

    Meet some Americans who live full time in their vans traveling the country.
  • I Gave Birth to a Preemie During the Pandemic

    Becoming a new parent during a global pandemic means expecting even more of the unexpected
  • I Met My Mom For The First Time at 50

    For one adopted New Yorker, COVID-19 nearly derailed a reunion with her birth mother.
  • An Unseen Look Inside the Portland Protests

    A look inside Portland’s protests through the lens of photojournalist Beth Nakamura.
  • Finding Love in Quarantine

    America is facing a serious epidemic: loneliness.
  • What It’s Like to Reinvent Yourself

    Reinvention is a vital part of the American identity.
  • How Musicians are Soundtracking this Weird Year

    Music is a reflection of our American collective consciousness.

About Self-Evident

Self-Evident is inspired by American Portrait’s central question: “What does it really mean to be an American today?” As the US grapples with COVID-19, widespread social unrest following the killing of George Floyd and a polarizing election, the series explores American challenges and triumphs as we persevere in an especially tough year.