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…

Author asks: What is the Unpardonable Sin?

by Bill Federer -- President Franklin Pierce placed the first Christmas tree in the White House in 1856. Born Nov. 23, 1804, Franklin Pierce, was elected a Congressman at age 29 and more…

The rocky beginnings of modern Israel

by Bill Federer -- In 1898, Sultan Abdul Hamid II purchased rifles from Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II for use in liquidating Turkey's Armenian population in exchange for granting Germany rights to build more…