Don't like Girl Scouts? Here's a better option

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3048994" align="aligncenter" width="600"] American Heritage Girls[/caption] Juliette Low had chronic ear infections as a child, which made one ear deaf. A grain of rice thrown at her more…

The surprising original platform for Republicans

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1775575" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Republican Party founder Charles Sumner being beaten by Democrat Congressman Preston Brooks[/caption] Quakers in Pennsylvania went on record as being the first to oppose more…

This is what saved Philadelphia from Indian attacks

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3035264" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Penn's 1682 treaty with the Lenape; painting by Benjamin West 1771[/caption] Admiral Sir William Penn of Britain fought the Dutch navy in the more…

The man who discovered he was not God

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_249343" align="aligncenter" width="598"] USS Constitution[/caption] "Old Ironsides" is the nickname of the three-masted frigate USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the world still afloat. Muslim Barbary more…

Seething fury led up to Revolutionary War

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2737915" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Boston Tea Party[/caption] Furious at the Tea Party, the king punished Boston. The king approved the Boston Port Act, March 7, 1774, effectively closing more…

This is biggest concern of past U.S. presidents

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3007204" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address 1865[/caption] March 4th was presidential inauguration day from 1793 till 1933, when it was changed by the 20th Amendment more…

This is why 'In God we trust' is our motto

by Bill Federer -- On March 3, 1931, Congress adopted "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem. Written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, the fourth verse of includes more…

Brutal event led to Texas independence

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3004414" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 'The Goliad Massacre' by Norman Mills Price[/caption] The Alamo mission at San Antonio was assaulted by 1,800 troops. By the 13th day, Santa Anna's more…

How did U.S. govern itself before Constitution?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3004304" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Drafting the Articles of Confederation, 1781[/caption] What was the government in the United States before the U.S. Constitution was written? It was the Articles more…