The dictator who changed the course of history

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4604388" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Napoleon, defeated[/caption] Napoleon was born Aug. 15, 1769. After his education, he was commissioned in the French military in 1785, and quickly advanced. When more…

Is our civilization advancing or retreating?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4604107" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Hatred of Western civilization[/caption] V-J Day, Aug. 14, 1945, President Harry S. Truman stated at a news conference announcing the end of World War more…

H.G. Wells: From skeptic to believer

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2313335" align="aligncenter" width="600"] H.G. Wells[/caption] "New Jersey is being invaded by Martians!" exclaimed actor Orson Welles. He was reading the script of a 1938 radio drama based more…

Did Hoover deserve his bad rap during Depression?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3565804" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Herbert Hoover[/caption] Herbert Hoover was born Aug. 10, 1874. His Quaker mother taught Sunday School and spoke at Friend's meetings before she died when more…

Why was it important to make Oregon a state?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2303125" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Marcus Whitman leaving home on his winter ride to save Oregon[/caption] In 1831, three Nez Perce Indians and one Flathead Indian traveled from the more…

When do political agendas justify evading the law?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2302755" align="aligncenter" width="600"] President Nixon during the Watergate scandal[/caption] White House scandals have been motivated by greed, love of power, lust, or a conviction that one's political more…

Could we have another 'great awakening' today?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2291845" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Great Revival[/caption] Thomas Jefferson noted in his bemorandum book: "I have subscribed to the building of an Episcopalian church, two hundred dollars; a Presbyterian more…

The poet who brought King Arthur to life

by Bill Federer -- Camelot and King Arthur's Court, Knights of the Round Table, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, and the search for the Holy Grail. ... Our imaginations soar with history more…