The U.N. began with such high hopes. What happened?

by Bill Federer -- Franklin Roosevelt coined the name "United Nations" for the allied countries fighting together against the National Socialist Workers Party (Nazi) and their totalitarian axis powers. Speaking on Justice more…

The mountain man who defied all stereotypes

by Bill Federer -- His travels were exceeded only by Lewis and Clark. He led expeditions up the Missouri River with such characters as keelboatman Mike Fink. He helped discover the South more…

What is 'the 5th column' and why is it wrong?

by Bill Federer -- At a time when most of the world was ruled by kings, Americans held its first popularly elected legislative assembly. Jamestown was initially a "company colony," run by more…

How America went from Christian to secular

by Bill Federer -- June 20, 1632, King Charles I of England granted a charter for the Colony of Maryland, named for his Catholic wife, Queen Henrietta Maria, stating: "Charles, by the more…

What happens when U.S. is pushed too far

by Bill Federer -- The French Revolution had left that country in chaos. Twenty-six-year-old Napoleon fired cannons down the streets of Paris, mowing down French citizens in the 13 Vendémiaire Revolt of more…

Meet the dad behind Father's Day

by Bill Federer -- The dad behind Father's Day The first formal "Father's Day" was celebrated June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd heard a church sermon on the more…

Why wait for 'the whites of their eyes'?

by Bill Federer -- "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!" commanded Colonel William Prescott, repeating the order of General Israel Putnam, June 17, 1775. Colonel William Prescott's men more…