'Amazing Grace' had amazing origin

by Bill Federer -- Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. These were more…

We've forgotten the horrors of Valley Forge

by Bill Federer -- Washington lost the battle of Brandywine on Sept. 11, 1777, and was forced to retreat toward Philadelphia. British General Burgoyne's troops marched down from Canada through New York, more…

Overcoming deafness to write brilliant music

by Bill Federer -- Twenty years after composer Johann Sebastian Bach died, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany, and baptized on Dec. 17, 1770. While Bach lived during the Baroque more…

What originated the American Revolution?

by Bill Federer -- "The French and Indian War ended in 1763 with the French losing Canada and all their land east of the Mississippi River. King George III decided to tax more…

Would a 'holy experiment' work today?

by Bill Federer -- Pennsylvania became the second state to join the Union, Dec. 12, 1787. Pennsylvania was where the Continental Congress met, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and where more…