We are Ryan Christopher Jones and Jonah Markowitz, and in 2017 we formed Armistice. An armistice is a truce between two opposing sides in a war, and we believe that honest storytelling has the power to provoke a necessary dialogue in an increasingly fractured United States. As working journalists, our work lives in the present tense, but nearly all of today’s societal and cultural issues have histories that are firmly rooted in the past. Last year we started a project that attempts to marry today’s America with the America of the 19th century, and we are using use words, photos and videos to draw a narrative line of American history. The first chapter is taking place near the Mississippi River in southern Missouri, and will be the first of five chapters while traversing the United States from East to West, past to present.