Sad origin of 'Amazing Grace' as Cherokee anthem

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1923335" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Trail of Tears[/caption] Gold had been discovered in Georgia in 1828, resulting in a Democrat-controlled Congress rushing through the Indian Removal Act, which passed more…

Muslim rule: 'Rags, wretchedness, poverty, dirt'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1923165" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Samuel Clemens, known as Mark Twain[/caption] "Mark Twain," a river measurement meaning 12 feet deep, was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who more…

The 'unspeakable glory' that fueled missionary

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1916025" align="aligncenter" width="600"] David Brainerd[/caption] Born in Haddam, Connecticut, April 20, 1718, his parents died while he was a young teenager. He attempted farming, but on July more…

Prayer underpinned Revolutionary War

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1915875" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Paul Revere's ride[/caption] The sun never set on the British Empire. Britain had the largest empire in world history. Out of nearly 200 countries more…

Those who fled religious oppression

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1915755" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Brewster[/caption] William Brewster is portrayed in U.S. Capitol rotunda holding an open Bible, in the painting "Embarkation of the Pilgrims." He is also more…

'Atheism is unknown here'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1904245" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Benjamin Franklin[/caption] On April 17, 1790, the son of a poor candle-maker died. The 15th of 17 children, he apprenticed as a printer and more…

How Americans will lose their freedoms

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1903195" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Alexis de Tocqueville[/caption] On April 16, 1859, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville died. After nine months of traveling the United States, he wrote "Democracy more…

Is taxation 'class legislation'?

by Bill Federer -- On April 15, 1865, President Lincoln died. He was shot the night before in Ford's Theater. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank. It struck an iceberg the more…

How America defines faith, religion, Providence

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1899545" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Noah Webster[/caption] Noah Webster first published his American Dictionary of the English Language on April 14, 1828. In order to evaluate the etymology of more…

Was Thomas Jefferson a Christian?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1891575" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Thomas Jefferson[/caption] Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743. He drafted the Declaration of Independence, 1776; was governor of Virginia, 1779-1781; and founded the more…