'Don't give up the ship!' ultimately changed history

by Bill Federer -- Amongst the U.S. Navy and Marine heroes confronting Tripoli's Muslim Barbary pirates was Captain James Lawrence. In 1804, Captain Lawrence was second-in-command of an expedition to destroy the more…

This man of war prayed for peace

by Bill Federer -- On Aug. 22, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt greeted by telephone the bicentennial celebration of Sainte Genevieve, Missouri: "The history of the town of Sainte Genevieve eloquently testifies more…

America – A 6,000-year miracle

by Bill Federer -- He was one of six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. President Washington appointed him to be a justice on the Supreme more…

The 1950 ruling that may prevent Shariah law

by Bill Federer -- He was not consistently conservative enough for Republican President Warren G. Harding and he was not consistently liberal enough for Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt. As a result, he more…

The 1 thing that will take away rights of states

by Bill Federer -- After having the Declaration of Independence read to his troops, General George Washington issued the order, July 9, 1776: "Commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure more…

The pulpit is responsible for all these problems

by Bill Federer -- Sir William Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Laws of England," published 1765-1769 by Oxford's Clarendon Press, had an immense influence on America's founders, being considered the definitive pre-Revolutionary source more…

6 million killed before this dictator found God

by Bill Federer -- After the French Revolution, a slave revolt resulted in France's loss of Haiti (Saint-Domingue), one of the world's main producers of sugar. Desiring to replace it with another more…