Author Archive | Bill Federer

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Why ‘an ignorant people cannot be a free people’

Noah Webster The earliest human records appeared about 3,000 or 4,000 B.C. – Sumerian cuneiform on clay tablets in the Mesopotamian Valley. This was followed by Egyptian hieroglyphics on papyrus, and Chinese characters in bamboo books. Writing was first an accounting method for scribes to keep track of what their king owned. Then it was […]

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Enough about rights. What about responsibilities?

U.S. Senate chaplain Peter Marshall Twentieth-Century Fox made a motion picture in 1955 titled “A Man Called Peter” about the life of U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall, born May 27, 1902. At the age of 25, Peter Marshall emigrated from Scotland, arriving at New York’s Ellis Island in 1927. Members of his Sunday School class […]

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Why did Marion Morrison take the name ‘John Wayne’?

John Wayne “Mad Anthony” Wayne raised a militia unit at the beginning of the Revolutionary War and participated in the invasion of Canada. He fought in the Battle of Trois-Rivières, and led forces at Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence. “Mad Anthony” Wayne fought at Brandywine in 1777, then harassed British General Howe as his troops […]

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What were conditions like before Revolutionary War?

Virginia’s royal governor, Lord Dunmore, dismissed Virginia’s House of Burgesses on May 27, 1774. Why? Thomas Jefferson had drafted a resolution calling for a day of fasting and prayer, being introduced by Robert Carter Nicholas and passing unanimously. It was to be observed the same day Britain’s navy planned to blockade Boston’s harbor as punishment […]

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Early America had more abolitionists than people realize

William Lloyd Garrison published the Boston anti-slavery paper “Liberator” and founded the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. Suffering hundreds of death threats for his politically incorrect stand on the value of human life, William Lloyd Garrison died May 24, 1879. William Lloyd Garrison wrote: “I desire to thank God, that he enables me to disregard […]

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They don’t make mountain men like this anymore

Kit Carson Fur trapper, Indian agent, and soldier was Kit Carson. His exploits west of the Mississippi were as famous as Daniel Boone’s east. Kit Carson’s father fought in the Revolutionary War, then moved his family from Kentucky to a tract of land in Missouri owned by Daniel Boone’s sons. At age 16, Kit Carson […]

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The woman who saw more war than most soldiers

Civil War-era hospital The American Red Cross was organized May 21, 1881, by a schoolteacher named Clara Barton. The first woman to be a clerk at the U.S. Patent Office, Clara Barton moved to Washington at the outbreak of the Civil War. She distributed relief supplies to wounded soldiers and, at the request of President […]

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90 years ago today, 2 continents were linked

Charles A. Lindbergh May 20, 1927, at 7:52am, one of the greatest feats in aviation began as 25-year-old Charles A. Lindbergh left Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, in his silver monoplane named The Spirit of St. Louis. Thirty-three and a half hours later he landed in Paris, completing the first solo flight across […]

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The volunteer navy which changed the course of history

Spanish Armada Spain led the Holy League to defeat the Muslim Ottoman Turkish Navy at the Battle of Lepanto near Corinth, Greece, in 1571. Hilaire Belloc wrote in “The Great Heresies” (1938): “This violent Mohammedan pressure on Christendom from the East made a bid for success by sea as well as by land. The last […]

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Did this pope understand evils of the world?

Pope John Paul II “The family is especially under attack,” stated Pope John Paul II, Aug. 15, 1993. In 1979, Pope John Paul II appointed West African Archbishop Robert Sarah of Guinea. Archbishop Robert Sarah was appointed Cardinal in 2010. On Sept. 1, 2010, Sarah rejected Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi’s call for Europe to become […]

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