'Paid agitators' have been here before

by Bill Federer -- President Calvin Coolidge warned in a speech given May 15, 1926, at the College of William and Mary: "But there is another ... recent development ... the greatly more…

The real story behind Mother's Day

by Bill Federer -- Mothers' Day was held in Boston in 1872 at the suggestion of Julia Ward Howe, writer of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." But it was Anna Jarvis, more…

For such a bumbling explorer, he sure made an impact

by Bill Federer -- Muslim Turks conquered Constantinople on May 29, 1453. William Lawson Grant, Professor of Colonial History at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, wrote in the introduction to "Voyages and Explorations" more…

A small state with big history

by Bill Federer -- New France began in 1535 when French explorer Jacques Cartier sailed seeking a sea route to Asia. Jacques Cartier described the land with the native Inuit word "Canada," more…

Don't you wish every school still taught these?

by Bill Federer -- Selling a million copies a year for over 100 years, McGuffey's Readers were the mainstay of public education in America. Generations of school children read them, making them more…

The little-known history of Wall Street

by Bill Federer -- After seven centuries of Islamic occupation, Spain finally drove the Muslims out in 1492. Culturally caught in the middle between Christians and Muslims, King Ferdinand ordered Jews to more…