Hawaii's best fruit isn't what you think

by Bill Federer -- Henry Opukahai'a was an orphan raised by his uncle to be a pagan priest but he became disillusioned with rituals and chants. He fled Hawaii in 1807 with more…

Richest country in world forgetting 1 thing

by Bill Federer -- During the Civil War, on March 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of humiliation, fasting and prayer: "Whereas, the Senate of the United States devoutly more…

What was John Tyler's very 1st act as president?

by Bill Federer -- "When a Christian people feel themselves to be overtaken by a great public calamity, it becomes them to humble themselves under the dispensation of Divine Providence. ..." stated more…

Different religions, vastly different outcomes

by Bill Federer -- On April 16, 1859, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville died. After nine months of traveling the United States, he wrote "Democracy in America" in 1835, which has been more…

A black man on a mission can do amazing things

by Bill Federer -- Richard Allen was born to slave parents in Philadelphia and sold with his family to a plantation in Dover, Delaware. As a young man, Richard's master, Stokley Sturgis, more…

Special highlights in African-American history

by Bill Federer -- Who were the first African-American missionaries sent out from the United States? George Lisle, the first ordained African American, went in 1782 to Jamaica with other freed slaves more…

Historically, who enslaved and who freed slaves?

by Bill Federer -- There has never been an abolitionist movement to completely end slavery in the Islamic world, as Mohammed himself owned slaves. The U.S. State Department in 1993 estimated 90,000 more…

The speech that stunned listeners into silence

by Bill Federer -- The Declaration of Independence indicted King George III because: "He has obstructed the administration of justice. ..." "He has made judges dependent on his will alone. ..." "He more…