Historically, the term "common people" denotes a broad social division referring to regular people who are members of neither the nobility or the presthood. Since the 20th century the term "common people" has been used in a more general sense to refer to typical members of society in contrast to highly privileged - in either wealth or influence.
In the next two weeks, we will meet -in photographs and words - some "common people". Indeed they are not ordinary, but rather remarkable individuals. Each has a background and ongoing story. Consider these images and words as postcards from America.
We start with Virginia Guevara:
Virginia started as a waitress at the 29 Diner in 1966 and is now the owner. Serving food 24 hours a day, breakfasts are old-fashioned with slices of ham, eggs over easy and crusty home fries. Coffee is just the way it used to be in the old days. Muddy and Cheap.