'Father of our Country' is not who you think

by Bill Federer -- Virginia's royal governor, Lord Dunmore, dismissed Virginia's House of Burgesses on May 27, 1774. Why? Thomas Jefferson had drafted a resolution calling for a day of fasting and more…

We are failing the 'true test of civilization'

by Bill Federer -- William Lloyd Garrison published the Boston anti-slavery paper "Liberator" and founded the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. Suffering hundreds of death threats for his politically incorrect stand on more…

Tiny mountain man, giant reputation

by Bill Federer -- Following Lewis and Clark's expedition, notable mountain men explored America's west. Notable names include: John Frémont, Joseph Meek, John Sutter, Peter Skene Ogden, Jedediah Smith, William Sublette, Hugh more…

Astounding technology for its time: Steamships

by Bill Federer -- The SS Savannah left May 22, 1819, from Savannah, Georgia, and 25 days later arrived in Liverpool, England, completing the first trans-Atlantic voyage by steamship. To pay tribute more…

Spain's biggest military blunder in history

by Bill Federer -- Spain led the Holy League to defeat the Muslim Ottoman Turkish Navy at the Battle of Lepanto near Corinth, Greece, in 1571. Hilaire Belloc wrote in "The Great more…