Billy Graham knew every president since Truman

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_548153" align="aligncenter" width="596"] Rev. Billy Graham[/caption] "America has gone a long way down the wrong road. We must turn around and go back and change roads. If more…

You want true female empowerment? Check out these patriots

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2598485" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Mercy Otis Warren[/caption] James Otis (1725-1783) was the king's advocate-general of the vice-admiralty court at Boston. In 1761, he was elected as a representative more…

Signing Declaration of Independence was no small decision

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2593425" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Charles Carroll[/caption] Charles Carroll was the only Roman Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. He was the longest-living signer of the Declaration. In more…

YMCA history: Saving bodies as well as souls

by Bill Federer -- The U.S. Census Bureau statistics (2009) report that over 24 million Americans play basketball and over 10 million Americans play volleyball. Did you know basketball and volleyball were more…

What made George Washington a great man?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2234395" align="aligncenter" width="600"] George Washington kneeling in prayer[/caption] After the victory over the British at Yorktown, many of the Continental soldiers grew disillusioned with the new American more…

Where presidents go to pray

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4692633" align="aligncenter" width="600"] St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City[/caption] On Nov. 1, 1800, John Adams became the first U.S. president to move into the White House. more…

The proclamation that changed the world

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4625571" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Martin Luther[/caption] On Oct. 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted 95 debate questions or "theses" on the door of Wittenberg Church, more…

John Adams: Wise, amazing, incorruptible

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1831285" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John Adams[/caption] John Adams wrote in "A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law," 1765: "The desire of dominion ... when ... restraints are more…

Why did the Great Depression last so long?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4678508" align="aligncenter" width="596"] Unemployed men outside a soup kitchen in Depression-era Chicago, Illinois, the US, 1931 (Wikimedia Commons)[/caption] Oct. 29, 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashed. more…