A common depiction of the American cowboy or outlaw, reminiscent of frontier identity.

The frontiersman, the quintessential icon of America, has contributed to how the nation is viewed by those foreign to her shores. Whether it be the shrewd outlaw on horseback with his trusty six-shooter, the Texan rebel fighting against the Mexican army of Santa Anna, or even the chauvinistic cavalryman on the banks of the Little Bighorn River, the image is as personified and part of American culture as it’s been portrayed in decades and years past. Behind the facade of the silver screen, there’s much more, in terms of historical and contemporary analysis, that can be said about the frontier…

A typical, industrial-era classroom in the early 1900s or 1920s.

In the past year, how students and educators go about in their schooling environments has drastically changed. Public schools were not prepared for the almost seismic shift which occurred at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but how public schooling has changed and is continuing to change is of revolutionary significance. Its effects are irrevocable to life in the information age of the 21st century, and yet no one speaks of these effects in popular discourse. It is, in laymen’s terms, to say that schooling, as an effect of 21st-century living, is incompatible with the scale of the information age.

George Washington, 1st U.S. President and war hero seated among the gods, but where does America sit today?

It goes without saying; the United States is divided. To most, this isn’t a very surprising notion. If we lean back on history, we can see the roots of American political division as early as post-Revolutionary America. The American experiment itself was very much America’s first political slugging match. From the Continental Congress to the Constitutional Convention, the fight to keep what American patriots had earned was now a contest of ideas. Was the United States to remain a confederation of loosely-tied states? Were these states to join into a much grander, federalized union? …

Edward D. Curry

Edward D. Curry is an independent journalist and a self-described history and philosophy buff.

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