The violent conquest of Mexico

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2689345" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Hernando Cortés[/caption] The Mayan civilization peaked around 900 A.D., then declined due to drought and internal disruptions. Centuries later, the Aztecs grew to control more…

Did ending slavery lead to bigger government?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2644465" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Abraham Lincoln[/caption] Prior to the Civil War, America was divided into five main categories: 1. The Radical Republican North that said slavery is wrong more…

Mark Twain: 'How they hate a Christian in Damascus!'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2682095" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain[/caption] "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was his first popular story, written in 1865 while he was in more…

Does the Constitution allow 'despotic tyrants'?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2681285" align="aligncenter" width="600"] James Warren[/caption] Following the hated Stamp Act of 1765, the British committed the Boston Massacre in 1770, firing into a crowd, killing five. In more…

How chemistry influenced birth of modern Israel

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2670055" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Dr. Chaim Weizmann[/caption] During World War I, Britain's war effort was hindered by their ineffective manufacturing of explosives. Britain's situation suddenly changed when a more…

Famous days of Thanksgiving

by Bill Federer -- After the victory of the battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first national day of Thanksgiving, Nov. 1, 1777: "The grateful feeling more…

Islam once dominated the seas

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2658155" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Muslim Barbary pirates[/caption] On Nov. 21, 1620 (NS), the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact and began their Plymouth Colony. Five years later, in 1625, more…

This is what will bring down America

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2644465" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Abraham Lincoln[/caption] Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address where 50,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in a three-day battle: Fourscore and more…

This is the definition of character

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1891575" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Thomas Jefferson[/caption] Commenting on the "liberty to worship our Creator" Thomas Jefferson wrote to Captain John Thomas of the Newhope Baptist Church, Nov. 18, more…