Longstanding success of tropical missionaries

by Bill Federer -- Hawaii became a U.S. territory July 7, 1898, as President McKinley signed the Treaty of Annexation. In 1778, British Captain James Cook discovered the islands, and in 1779, more…

Twin relics of barbarism: Polygamy, slavery

by Bill Federer -- A decade prior to the Civil War, there were two major political parties in the United States: Democrats, who favored freedom of choice to own slaves; and Whigs, more…

America: Mankind's second chance

by Bill Federer -- 38-year-old King George III ruled the largest empire that planet Earth had ever seen. The Declaration of Independence, approved July 4, 1776, listed the reasons why Americans declared more…

What happens if the spirit of America is killed?

by Bill Federer -- Washington, D.C., was in a panic! 72,000 Confederate troops were just 60 miles away near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. After the Confederate victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Robert E. more…

'Mindful of only their common duty as Americans'

by Bill Federer -- Slavery existed in Cuba longer than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere, except Brazil. President James Buchanan wrote Dec. 19, 1859: "When a market for African slaves shall more…

'I would rather be right than president'

by Bill Federer -- "I would rather be right than president," answered Henry Clay, when told his abolitionist position would cost him the election. Henry Clay was three times a candidate for more…

'Love of power, love of money' leads to tyranny

by Bill Federer -- The Constitutional Convention was in a deadlock over how large and small states could be represented equally. Some delegates left. Then, on June 28, 1787, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin more…