Just Keep “Progressing”


The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is considered one of the oldest Railroads in North America. This railroad, was pioneered by Philip E. Thomas and George Brown. The understanding of the railroad is that it is marked as a major break in American industrialization. The Railroad that would run from the port of Baltimore West to Ohio River was chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Chapter 123 of the 1826 Session Laws of Maryland on March 8, 1827.

Construction began in 1828, with the the first division opening, between Baltimore and Ellicotts Mills, Md, in May of 1830. By 1857, the B & O Railroad was steadily developed with it next division in St Louis. The Railroad played many major roles. One of these major roles being transporting Union Troops and Supplies during the Civil War. By the late 19th century the B & O railroad developers had made a breakthrough by connected the railroad with Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York.

As the B & O Railroad got along, in the mid 20th century, it became a freight carrier. As it began to face financial difficulties it was procured by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company in 1963 and they became one in 1965 covering 11,000 miles of track. In the 1970’s, the B & O railroad and CSX Corporation, under the control of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company combined resulting in 27,000 miles of track. This merged ended the history of the B & O track.

“The name may be gone, but the road will always be remembered.”


This artifact represents many of the themes if the prolegomenon. These would include the result of the industrial age, the constant and rapid progression americans are known for and the unfortunate wrecking brought to nature during its construction. The railroad shows an obvious meaning and role in industrialization, however, apart from this the railroad’s development journeys through the moving frontier right up until the Frontier “close” in 1809.

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Ol’ Frontier…

In Train Dream the frontier is a prime element of the novel that acts as a framework for the overall plot. THE Frontier according to Turner is the setting stone for American democracy. He theoretically describes it as the “meeting point between savagery and civilization…”. In the novel, Grainer is a lumberjack who is working to clear land for a rail way. Turner describes industrialization as primal and the driving force in American society. Turner makes many remarks about “development” and this is right in Grainers line of work and the goal America is trying to achieve when they bring in Chinese workers to build the railroad.


9/11 – Never Forgotten

SEPT 11 2001 NYC

On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 men of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda, hijacked four airliners and crashed them into specified American targets. Of the four planes, one crashed into the Pentagon in Washington DC, one crashed into the a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the last two were flown into the World Trade Centre in New York City. A total of 2,977 people were killed . The 9/11 event was a particularly criminal and inhuman act along a continuum of anti-american attacks that gave birth to a war and brought about everyday sociological changes for Americans. 9/11 has left a scar in many families which has yet to be healed, fifteen years later.

Mr Blake Weir, my interviewee was only a Junior in high school, 16 years of age. He was about to be let out of class when a teacher across the hall came into the class and said a plane just flew into the World Trade Centre. He says he had no context about the situation in that period of time, he could not understand what was going on. By the time he arrived for his next class the following period, he says he was informed that a second plane had been flown into the buildings.  In that moment, he and the rest of his class watched the replays of the tragedy still confused as to what, why and how this event had happened. He said he was friends with several students who were of Saudi and Pakistani descent. They were segregated by nationality, meaning the middle easterners were separated from the Americans. Apart from this, they were subjected to hate and became victims of bullying due to the actions of Al-Quaeda. Mr. Weir felt inclined to make the point to them that he would stick up for the regardless of the circumstances. 

9/11 brought many repercussions as it relates to foreign conflict. Mr Weir mentions a family friend of his, who recently graduated from the US military. He spoke about the irony in the fact that his friend may be deployed in the Middle East as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attack he witnessed fifteen years ago as a teenager.

In his final remakes he spoke about the comparison between his exposure to terrorism versus that of the people living in Palestine and Israel where terrorism is a daily threat.

“…for 16 years of my life I have never come into immediate interactions with that…it was a total game changer in that regard.”

Also, 9/11, in particular has left a mark on many lives of people who were around at that time and people who merely witnessed the event unfold on the television. This event has changed many policies such as airport security and moreover is one of the more formative events that has occurred in the last 20 years.

“…its realistic that in his time, he will be deployed in the middle east and knowing that some element of his deployment is because of something that happened fifteen years ago…”

“…anyone who was old enough…and understands the gravity of the event probably remembers where they were then…”


Reich Article – Train Dreams and River of Shadows

The Triumphant Individual – Train Dreams

This is the parable of the self-made man. This is describing the little guy who works hard takes risks, believes in himself, and earns wealth, fame and honor. He is a liner and a maverick, true to himself, plain speaking, self-reliant, uncompromising in his ideal. He gets the job done.

In Train Dreams the Triumphant Individual in none other than the main character, Robert Grainer. Robert Grainer is a prime example for this parable. From the beginning he had nothing, he was a orphaned child shipped to America that found happiness in his family but had everything taken away by a wildfire leaving him to start over again. He lost his family and thus was lost in despair and depression which brought his world tumbling down.  What Robert achieves from his life of ash would be an inspirational story  for anyone who reads.




American Boy!!!

“The greatest gift of life is friendship and I have received it

Huber H. Humphrey

Fashion Square Mall, Charlottesville, VA

This weekend my friends and I had a first-hand experience of the american lifestyle. Americans enjoy the weekend. Typical Americans work or go to school five days a week, typically Monday through Friday. Saturdays and Sundays are generally called the weekends. On weekends, many teens use it for leisure activities and other social opportunities. This weekend my friends and I went shopping in Fashion Square Mall in Charlottesville, Va, a common american thing to do for teens on the weekend. We bought clothes, ate and talked about the upcoming week and plans for the rest of the day.

Personally, I visited a couple of my favorite stores like ‘Foot Locker’, ‘Finish Line’, ‘Lids’ and a couple department stores like ‘JC Penny’ and ‘Belks and was graced by the never ending sales and discounts they are  known for. While I was in foot locker I saw the most beautiful sneakers and could not resist the urge to buy them.


It’s simply GORGEOUS!!!

Apart from having a fit over shoes and I started picking out items for my first chapel day at STAB coming up this Wednesday, and I am quite excited for it. Mostly excited because I enjoy dressing up in formal attire and I have a really cool tie color I want to show off.

So my first weekend with STAB was pretty great. I got to spend it with great friends and got to experience a real American teenager experience.

The Great Scott

Gatsby Quote and Question

“When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever, I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart. Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction – Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn.”

What does Nick find so fascinating about Gatsby’s forthright nature…? Or is he just taking his fathers advice and accepting Gatsby because he has learned not to criticize.

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”