'Mindful of only their common duty as Americans'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2150925" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, 1898[/caption] Slavery existed in Cuba longer than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere, except Brazil. President James Buchanan more…

Huguenots barely settled before being slaughtered

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2150715" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Fort Caroline, Florida, 1564[/caption] The first French settlement in present-day United States was Fort Caroline on the banks of the St. John's River in more…

'I would rather be right than president'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2148885" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Henry Clay[/caption] "I would rather be right than president," answered Henry Clay, when told his abolitionist position would cost him the election. Henry Clay more…

'Love of power, love of money' leads to tyranny

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1904265" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Benjamin Franklin[/caption] The Constitutional Convention was in a deadlock over how large and small states could be represented equally. Some delegates left. Then, on more…

'Self-pity is our worst enemy'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2144865" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Helen Keller[/caption] Helen Keller was born June 27, 1880. At the age of two she suffered an illness that left her blind and deaf. more…

Warning of a 'formal and permanent despotism'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2144585" align="aligncenter" width="600"] George Washington[/caption] On June 25, 1824, James Madison wrote to Henry Lee: "I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in more…

Famous explorer relied on God for guidance

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2144055" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Jedediah Smith[/caption] His travels were exceeded only by Lewis and Clark. He led expeditions up the Missouri River with such characters as keelboatman Mike more…

When peace reigned between Indians, settlers

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2143315" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Moravian missionary[/caption] In the summer of 1683, Ottoman General Mustafa Pasha was laying siege to Vienna, Austria, with 200,000 Muslim warriors. Sultan Mehmed IV more…

Why electing 'immoral men' betrays the country

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1899545" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Noah Webster[/caption] The most common form of government in all of recorded world history is monarchy, where only one person's vote really mattered – more…

Was America established Christian at state level?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2136725" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Signing of the Constitution[/caption] The 55 writers of the U.S. Constitution were: 26 Episcopalian 11 Presbyterian 7 Congregationalist 2 Lutheran 2 Dutch Reformed 2 more…