Think your life is tough? Consider Jamestown

by Bill Federer -- When Muslim Turks conquered the land trade routes from Europe to Asia, Europeans explored sea routes. These attempts were financed either by kings and wealthy private individuals, or more…

Why homeschoolers still use McGuffey Readers

by Bill Federer -- Selling a million copies a year for over 100 years, McGuffey's Readers were the mainstay of public education in America. Generations of schoolchildren read them, making them some more…

Why the Dutch experienced a Golden Age

by Bill Federer -- After seven centuries of Islamic occupation, Spain finally drove the Muslims out in 1492. Culturally caught in the middle between Christians and Muslims, King Ferdinand ordered Jews to more…

Why self-government is necessary for stability

by Bill Federer -- Napoleon made an alliance with the Muslim Ottoman Empire in 1806 and Persia in 1807. In 1807, Napoleon invaded Spain. When Spaniards revolted in Madrid, Napoleon brought in more…

What if Benedict Arnold's plan had succeeded?

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…