JFK's 'guiding principle' of our nation

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3343274" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John F. Kennedy[/caption] U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat PT 109 was rammed Aug. 2, 1943, by Japanese destroyer Amagiri. PT-109 sank. Though sustaining permanent more…

What would you do if cannibals were about to eat you?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2280735" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Herman Melville[/caption] "There she blows!" cried the lookout, sighting Moby Dick. Captain Ahab, driven by revenge, sailed the seas to capture this great white more…

The man who knew true meaning of 'opportunity'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2631955" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Booker T. Washington[/caption] On the third of his four voyages, Columbus sailed south along the west coast of Africa before heading west across the more…

When 'brotherly love' really works

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3525104" align="aligncenter" width="600"] ‘The Birth of Pennsylvania 1680’ by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930)[/caption] William Penn was arrested and imprisoned several times for sharing his religious opinions, more…

Religion: The foretaste of politics

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1903195" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Alexis de Tocqueville[/caption] Alexis de Tocqueville was born July 29, 1805. A French social scientist, he traveled the United States in 1831, and wrote more…

Let's compare Communism and Democracy, shall we?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2241855" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Korean War[/caption] "Freedom is not free" is the inscription on the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Korean War started June 25, 1950. more…

Racism, segregation: Uniquely Democratic tactics?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4593241" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Dred Scott[/caption] In 1857, the Supreme Court, with 7 of the 9 Justices being Democrat, decided that Dred Scott was not a citizen, but more…

The amazing mind of Benjamin Franklin

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1904265" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Benjamin Franklin[/caption] On July 26, 1775, Benjamin Franklin became the first postmaster general of the United States, a position he held under the British more…

Big business during the Gilded Age: Bad or good?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1941195" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ulysses S. Grant[/caption] Ulysses S. Grant was commissioned July 25, 1866, as General of the Army, the first ever to hold that rank and more…