The poet whose words everyone knows – yes, even you

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2291445" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Alfred, Lord Tennyson[/caption] Camelot and King Arthur's Court, Knights of the Round Table, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, and the search for the Holy more…

How to treat Indians: Greed vs. Gospel

by Bill Federer -- Settlers in New England highlighted the conflict between those motivated by greed and those motivated by the Gospel. Greed-motivated settlers viewed natives as an unpredictable danger obstructing safe more…

Early version of Coast Guard had 1 important task

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4601297" align="aligncenter" width="600"] U.S. Revenue Marine and the War of 1812[/caption] In June of 1775, citizens acting as merchant mariners captured the British schooner HMS Margaretta around more…

What JFK thought made America great

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…

Captured by cannibals? Not your everyday experience

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…

Booker T. Washington: Advice for everyone

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…

How persecution led to religious freedom

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2272845" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Penn[/caption] William Penn was arrested and imprisoned several times for sharing his politically incorrect views which were not in agreement with the government's more…

Why the French thought 19th-century America was great

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…

Civil rights: A century-long fight with Democrats

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3283474" align="aligncenter" width="600"] U.S. National Guard troops block off Beale Street as civil rights marchers wearing placards reading'I AM A MAN' pass by on March 29, 1968[/caption] more…