Cuba's long, hard battle for freedom

by Bill Federer -- A factor leading up to the 1898 Spanish-American War was slavery in Cuba. President James Buchanan wrote Dec. 19, 1859: "When a market for African slaves shall no more…

Why did the Jews establish modern Israel?

by Bill Federer -- The lay "Fiddler on the Roof" recounts the story of Jewish persecution in Eastern Europe and Russia. President Abraham Lincoln, shortly after he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, met more…

Chicago's humble, holy origins

by Bill Federer -- Indians gnawed off two of his fingers and roughly sawed off his thumb. He escaped and with the help of Dutch traders and made his way back to more…

Indian treatment: Greed vs. the Gospel

by Bill Federer -- An examination of America's Indian policies, and the age-old struggle between two competing motivations: greed and the Gospel. Throughout history, those who were motivated by greed: took land more…

The brutal legacy of Hernando Cortés in Mexico

by Bill Federer -- Muslim pirate Barbarossa wrecked havoc in the Mediterranean in the early 1500s, raiding the coasts of France, Italy and Spain, carrying away thousands of Europeans into slavery. Muslim more…