The Surprising Source of Ansel Adams’ Signature Style

Largely self-taught, Adams learned to harness the communicative power of photography during his years as a marketing photographer. Introduction Ansel Adams’ bold, black-and-white landscapes of the American wilderness are so iconic that most people know an Adams photograph when they see it. You might be surprised to learn that Adams didn’t learn his craft by[…]

Looking at the History of Modern Visual Culture

Introduction Visual Culture is human culture based on visual media — pictures, sculpture, and (sometimes) dance— as opposed to oral culture and print culture, based on language, words, and writing. The oldest evidences of human intellectual and cultural activity, dating back some 25,000 years B.C.E., are cave paintings of objects, human figures, animals and symbols.[…]

Bleeding Kansas: Free-Staters and Border Ruffians Fight over Slavery and Annexation

The events in Bleeding Kansas directly foreshadowed the American Civil War. Introduction Bleeding Kansas, sometimes referred to in history as Bloody Kansas or the Border War, was a sequence of violent events involving anti-slavery (“free-staters”) and pro-slavery “border ruffians” elements that took place in Kansas–Nebraska Territory and the western frontier towns of the U.S. state[…]

Publius: The Federalist Papers in Early America

Introduction The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles arguing for the ratification of the United States Constitution. They were first published serially from October 1787 to August 1788 in New York City newspapers. A compilation, called The Federalist, was published in 1788. The Federalist Papers serve as a primary source for interpretation of[…]

The Maratha Empire of Early Modern India

As the British expanded their presence in India, the Marathas represented a major threat to their territorial ambitions. Introduction The Maratha Empire (also transliterated, Mahratta), or the Maratha Confederacy, was a Hindu state located in present-day India. It existed from 1674 to 1818. At its peak, the empire’s territories covered 250 million acres (1 million[…]

Mahajanapadas: Independent Monarchies and Republics in Ancient India

From a semi-nomadic tribal society to an agrarian-based society with a vast network of trade and a highly-organized political structure. Introduction Mahajanapadas, literally “Great Kingdoms” (from Maha, “great,” and Janapada “foothold of a tribe,” “country”), refers to 16 monarchies and ‘republics’ that stretched across the Indo-Gangetic plains from modern-day Afghanistan to Bangladesh in the sixth[…]

What are the Advancement Opportunities for Medical Assistants?

The healthcare industry requires new professionals on a daily basis, especially with the increasing health crisis globally. One such sub-discipline within the health industry belongs to the medical assistants. The first job title for all medical assistance graduates is usually entry-level or junior CMA. However, there are a myriad of options waiting for you after[…]