America was never meant to be a-religious

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2015825" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John Jay[/caption] The first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, being appointed by George Washington, was also president of the American Bible Society. more…

'Paid agitators' have been here before

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4398671" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Paid agitators[/caption] President Calvin Coolidge warned in a speech given May 15, 1926, at the College of William and Mary: "But there is another more…

The real story behind Mother's Day

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1990835" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother's Day[/caption] Mothers' Day was held in Boston in 1872 at the suggestion of Julia Ward Howe, writer of "The more…

Colonists didn't come to America for the pretty views

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3282064" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Early Jamestown[/caption] When Muslim Turks conquered the land trade routes from Europe to Asia, Europeans attempted to find sea routes. These attempts were financed more…

For such a bumbling explorer, he sure made an impact

by Bill Federer -- Muslim Turks conquered Constantinople on May 29, 1453. William Lawson Grant, Professor of Colonial History at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, wrote in the introduction to "Voyages and Explorations" more…

Will America ever sing this song again?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1991565" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Song composer Irving Berlin[/caption] The son of a rabbi, he was born May 11, 1888. At 4 years old, he immigrated with his family more…

A small state with big history

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3277084" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys in council[/caption] New France began in 1535 when French explorer Jacques Cartier sailed seeking a sea route more…

Was this the last president who made America great?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1978995" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry S. Truman[/caption] In poor health two months before his death, Franklin Roosevelt met with King Abdul Aziz ibm Saud on the USS Quincy more…