This little state has a big history

by Bill Federer -- New France began in 1535 when French explorer Jacques Cartier sailed seeking a sea route to Asia. Jacques Cartier described the land with the native Inuit word "Canada," more…

Historically enlightenment, faith went together

by Bill Federer -- When Spain and Portugal forced Sephardic Jews to flee, some went to the Netherlands, which was Europe's center of religious toleration. Jews migrated to Holland's largest city of more…

They seldom make great men like this anymore

by Bill Federer -- The "Star-Spangled Banner" was written while the British bombed Fort McHenry, named after Secretary of War James McHenry. Dr. James McHenry served as a surgeon during the Revolutionary more…

This is what happens 'if there is no God'

by Bill Federer -- The director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, died May 2, 1972. For 48 years, under eight presidents, J. Edgar Hoover oversaw the Federal Bureau of Investigation, becoming more…