Sam Houston: As big as legend suggests

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2546185" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Sam Houston[/caption] At age 16, Sam Houston ran off to live with Cherokee Indians on the Tennessee River in 1809. His great great-grandfather, Sir more…

Whatever happened to duty as a virtue?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2546065" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Admiral Horatio Nelson[/caption] In 1794, British Admiral Horatio Nelson lost his right eye capturing Corsica and his right arm attacking the Canary Islands in more…

Herbert Hoover: A good president who got a bad rap?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3565804" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Herbert Hoover[/caption] In declining health, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote a letter, April 5, 1945, to the Saudi King. promising not to recognize a more…

The 'astonishing' reasons behind America's foundation

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2540505" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Surrender of Cornwallis[/caption] Americans won the Battle of Kings Mountain, Oct. 7, 1780, in which 668 British were captured, 163 wounded and 290 killed, more…

The ugly history behind 5th Amendment

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2540315" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Star Chamber[/caption] Britain's William Laud had spies listen to pastors' sermon to see if they said anything against the king's ordinances. If they did, more…

The 1st world war was earlier than you may think

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2540205" align="aligncenter" width="600"] "Surrender of General Burgoyne" by John Trumbull[/caption] Her beautiful, long hair was scalped off her head by Indians after she was shot. This was more…

The prayers that saved Philadelphia

by Bill Federer -- In 1731, a Spanish commander cut off the ear of British Captain Robert Jenkins and told him to take it to his king. This began the War of more…

What liberals won't admit about judges

by Bill Federer -- On Oct. 15, 1788, James Madison warned: "As the courts are generally the last in making the decision, it results to them, by refusing or not refusing to more…

Penn legacy: A totally new construct for government

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2730485" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Penn receives a colonial charter from Charles II[/caption] After Columbus discovered the New World, Spain grew in power to surpass Portugal as the more…

What would the Iron Lady think about England today?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3765841" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Margaret Thatcher[/caption] Known as "The Iron Lady" for her stand against communism, Margaret Thatcher was born Oct. 13, 1925. She became the first woman more…