John Wayne: American icon

by Bill Federer -- A veteran of the Civil War was a soldier of Presbyterian Scots-Irish descent named Marion Mitchell Morrison. His grandson of the same name, Marion Mitchell Morrison, born May more…

'There can be no peace
with the forces of evil'

by Bill Federer -- Southern women scattered spring flowers on graves of both northern Union and southern Confederate soldiers of the Civil War in which over a half-million died. Many places claimed more…

What is the true test of civilization?

by Bill Federer -- William Lloyd Garrison published the Boston anti-slavery paper "Liberator" and founded the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. Suffering hundreds of death threats for his politically-incorrect stand on the more…

Bantam-sized man was giant legend in history

by Bill Federer -- Fur trapper, Indian agent and soldier was Kit Carson. His exploits west of the Mississippi were as famous as Daniel Boone's east. Kit Carson's father fought in the more…

'Not a ship was launched without proper prayers'

by Bill Federer -- The SS Savannah left May 22, 1819, from Savannah, Georgia, and 25 days later arrived in Liverpool, England, completing the first trans-Atlantic voyage by steamship. To pay tribute more…

'God's winds and waves' changed history

by Bill Federer -- Spain led the Holy League to defeat the Muslim Ottoman Turkish navy at the Battle of Lepanto near Corinth, Greece, in 1571. Hilaire Belloc wrote in "The Great more…