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…

Bet you didn't know this about Leap Day

by Bill Federer -- Feb. 29th is Leap Day. It was invented in 45 B.C. when Julius Caesar replaced the many calendars used throughout the Roman Empire based on the moon's lunar more…

Persecuted for patriotism? It happened all the time

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1741125" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Richard Stockton[/caption] Richard Stockton signed the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration mentioned God four times: "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God. ... All more…

So where did Vlad the Impaler learn his horrific technique?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2982254" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Vlad the Impaler[/caption] "God is behind everything, but everything hides God," wrote Victor Hugo in his classic "Les Miserables," Book 5, Chapter 4. Born more…

Yes, men of faith once served our nation. Deal with it

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1728225" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John Foster Dulles[/caption] "There is only one defense – a defense compounded of eternal vigilance, sound policies, and high courage." – Secretary of State more…

How 'Remember the Alamo' led to Texas independence

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2977674" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Alamo[/caption] In 1821, Mexico won its independence from Spain and established a Mexican Republic with a federal constitution. In 1833, Santa Anna was more…

High price of Panama Canal, then and now

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2977424" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Mosquito-borne diseases plagued canal workers, resulting in many deaths[/caption] The Panama Canal was first proposed by Spain as early as 1534. It would save more…

Washington's strong morals. George's, that is

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2234395" align="alignright" width="600"] George Washington kneeling in prayer[/caption] George Washington was born Feb. 22, 1732. Washington was unanimously chosen as the army's commander-in-chief, unanimously chosen as president more…

Muslim violence, lies plagued Founding Fathers too

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1718015" align="alignright" width="600"] John Quincy Adams[/caption] On Feb. 21, 1848, "Old Man Eloquent" John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke at his desk in the House chamber. He more…