What spark led to American Revolution?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2737915" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Boston Tea Party[/caption] The French and Indian War ended in 1763 with the French losing Canada and all their land east of the Mississippi more…

This is turning point when states lost power

by Bill Federer -- "The national government was itself the creature of the states. ... Yet today it is often made to appear that the creature, Frankenstein-like, is determined to destroy the more…

Did 'acute laryngitis' kill George Washington?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2234395" align="aligncenter" width="600"] George Washington kneeling in prayer[/caption] He caught a chill riding horseback several hours in the snow while inspecting his Mount Vernon farm. The next more…

When did Santa become associated with North Pole?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2730565" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Journey to Bethlehem by Joseph Brickey[/caption] Seeking U.N. sanctions against Iran, Dec. 21, 1979, President Jimmy Carter stated in a speech: "Henry Longfellow wrote more…

This is the place where all faiths were welcomed

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2730485" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Penn receives colonial charter from Charles II[/caption] Pennsylvania became the second state to join the Union, Dec. 12, 1787. Pennsylvania was where the more…

Communism: A history of fabricating enemies

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2717465" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Trial of so-called “rich peasants” in Russia, 1929[/caption] Rasputin, described as "the Holy Devil," moved to St. Petersburg in 1906 and began to gain more…

'Does not Israel as rightfully belong to the Jews?'

by Bill Federer -- The play "Fiddler on the Roof" recounts the story of Jewish persecution in Eastern Europe and Russia. President Abraham Lincoln, shortly after he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, met more…

Why do American oaths end with 'So help me God'?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2713275" align="aligncenter" width="600"] George Washington taking oath of office[/caption] Why has the tradition in America been for oaths to end with "So help me God"? The military's more…

What led up to 'a date which will live in infamy'?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2706655" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Franklin D. Roosevelt[/caption] "I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to more…