Paid agitators: A long and dishonorable history

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4103551" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Berkeley leftists riot[/caption] President Calvin Coolidge warned in a speech given May 15, 1926, at the College of William and Mary: "But there is more…

The hand that rocks the cradle is still vital

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1990835" align="alignright" 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…

The many hardships of Christopher Columbus

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…

The immigrant who wrote nation's most patriotic songs

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 four years old, he immigrated with his family more…

This tiny state used to be an independent nation

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3277044" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Vermont[/caption] On April 20, 1534, King Francis I of France sent explorer Jacques Cartier to sail west to find a sea route to Asia. more…

Think your life is tough? Consider Jamestown

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 explored sea routes. These attempts were financed either by more…

Harry Truman knew the 'greatest obstacle to peace'

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…

Why homeschoolers still use McGuffey Readers

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3253104" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Schoolchildren using McGuffey's Readers[/caption] Selling a million copies a year for over 100 years, McGuffey's Readers were the mainstay of public education in America. more…

Why the Dutch experienced a Golden Age

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4669918" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Dutch windmills[/caption] After seven centuries of Islamic occupation, Spain finally drove the Muslims out in 1492. Culturally caught in the middle between Christians and more…