Famous historian identifies 'Vampire State'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4617621" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Arnold Joseph Toynbee[/caption] Historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee died Oct. 2, 1975. He provided foreign intelligence for the British during World Wars I and II, more…

How 1 man mixed religion and war

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2477575" align="alignright" width="309"] John Peter Muhlenberg, the 'fighting parson of the American Revolution'[/caption] "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven," more…

The man who 'cast a spell' with the Bible

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2474295" align="aligncenter" width="600"] George Whitefield preaching[/caption] Beginning in 1740, George Whitefield preached seven times in America, to crowds sometimes over 25,000. He spread the Great Awakening Revival, more…

Amazing life of Indian translator to the Pilgrims

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2474175" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Squanto demonstrating how to plant corn[/caption] Of 102 Pilgrims that landed in Massachusetts in November of 1620, only half survived till spring. In the more…

The tragedy that led to triumph

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2467475" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Louis Pasteur[/caption] Washing hands to prevent the spread of disease was recommended in 1844 to the doctors of the Vienna General Hospital by Dr. more…

What will finally overthrow America? This man knew

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2448185" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Samuel Adams[/caption] Crying "No taxation without representation," he instigated the Stamp Act Riots in 1765. In 1770, after the Boston Massacre, where British soldiers more…

Daniel Boone: Truly the stuff of legends

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2466655" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Daniel Boone leading settlers through the Cumberland Gap[/caption] During the French and Indian War, 20-year-old Daniel Boone and his cousin, future General Daniel Morgan, more…

A glimpse into a brilliant mind behind Bill of Rights

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2454405" align="aligncenter" width="600"] George Mason[/caption] "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Thus began the first of the more…

The once-celebrated chief justice everyone has forgotten

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2452365" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Chief Justice John Marshall[/caption] "The power to tax involves the power to destroy," wrote Chief Justice John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819. Perhaps no more…

Naval hero was once called a 'pirate'

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4614941" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Naval hero John Paul Jones[/caption] "I have not yet begun to fight!" shouted John Paul Jones when the captain of the 50-gun British frigate more…