Frank G. Lewis


The struggle for free public schools, particularly in certain cities and states, even in whole regions, has often revolved about historical issues such as those concerned with social and economic classes, taxation, and religion. Some observable differences in the development of school systems in the various regions of America can be traced to the different influences of the cultural heritages of the English and Spanish colonists. The struggle for a free school in St. Augustine during the territorial period exemplifies the evolution of an ever increasing conviction of a need for a system of schools to train the youth of all classes without regard to rank or religion.