Articles by: William Federer

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by…” -Robert Frost

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by…” -Robert Frost

on January 31, 2023, 6:00 AM / in History

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as […]

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“Stand fast, therefore, in the LIBERTY, wherewith Christ hath made us FREE”-Rev. Jacob Duche

“Stand fast, therefore, in the LIBERTY, wherewith Christ hath made us FREE”-Rev. Jacob Duche

on January 31, 2023, 6:00 AM / in History

When British troops descended on Boston, the Continental Congress’ first official act was to request that Rev. Jacob Duche’, pastor of Philadelphia’s Christ Church, open Congress in prayer: “Tuesday, September 6, 1774. Resolved, That the Rev. Mr. Duche’ be desired to open the Congress tomorrow morning with prayers, at the Carpenter’s Hall, at 9 o’clock.” Born JANUARY 31, 1738, Rev. Jacob Duche’ […]

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Franklin D. Roosevelt: Liberal or conservative? “WE GUARD AGAINST the forces of anti-Christian aggression” “WE CHOOSE the Christian ideal”

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Liberal or conservative? “WE GUARD AGAINST the forces of anti-Christian aggression” “WE CHOOSE the Christian ideal”

on January 30, 2023, 6:00 AM / in History

Franklin D. Roosevelt warned at Madison Square Garden, October 28, 1940: “WE GUARD AGAINST the forces of anti-Christian aggression, which may attack us from without.” FDR said in a Fireside Chat, April 28, 1942: “THIS GREAT WAR effort must be carried through … It shall not be imperiled by the handful of noisy traitors — betrayers of America, betrayers of Christianity itself.” FDR stated […]

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Battle of Cowpens: A Tactical Masterpiece & Revolutionary War Turning Point

Battle of Cowpens: A Tactical Masterpiece & Revolutionary War Turning Point

on January 28, 2023, 6:13 AM / in History

“The bloody butcher” is what colonists called British Colonel Banastre Tarleton. He let his dragoons bayonet and hack hundreds of surrendering Americans at Buford’s Massacre during the Battle of Waxhaw, May 29, 1780. In January of 1781, 26-year-old Colonel Banastre Tarleton led 1,200 of Britain’s best troops, consisting of British dragoons, regulars, highlanders and loyalists, in a day-long, non-stop pursuit […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer “Communism…has infiltrated…journalism, the press…the school…covert manipulation…pervert the truth”-General Douglas MacArthur

American Minute with Bill Federer “Communism…has infiltrated…journalism, the press…the school…covert manipulation…pervert the truth”-General Douglas MacArthur

on January 26, 2023, 6:00 AM / in History

“Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions,” stated General Douglas MacArthur in Lansing, Michigan, May 15, 1952. Douglas MacArthur was born JANUARY 26, 1880. He commanded in France during World War I. He was superintendent of West Point, 1919-20. In 1930, at age 50, Douglas MacArthurbecame the youngest Chief of Staff of the U.S. […]

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American Minute Burke on French Revolution “What is liberty without virtue? It is madness, without restraint!”; “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”-Edmund Burke, British Statesman

American Minute Burke on French Revolution “What is liberty without virtue? It is madness, without restraint!”; “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”-Edmund Burke, British Statesman

on January 12, 2023, 6:00 AM / in History

“ALL that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” This famous quote was from British statesman Edmund Burke, who was born JANUARY 12, 1729. He was considered the most influential orator in the House of Commons. Edmund Burke stands out in history because as a member of the British Parliament, he defended the rights of the American colonies and strongly […]

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Equality vs. Equity: American Revolution vs French Revolution; and the term of 13th President Millard Fillmore – American Minute with Bill Federer

Equality vs. Equity: American Revolution vs French Revolution; and the term of 13th President Millard Fillmore – American Minute with Bill Federer

on January 9, 2023, 7:03 AM / in History

Best-selling author Os Guinness stated in an interview with Dr. Albert Mohler, (Thinking in Public, June 5, 2017): “The culture war now at its deepest roots is actually a clash between 1776, what was the American Revolution, and 1789 and heirs of the French Revolution.” The American Revolution was preceded by a Great Awakening Christian Revival, but in contrast, France’s […]

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January 9th ‘Communist faith…tells…Smash the existing economic order’ – Richard Nixon

January 9th ‘Communist faith…tells…Smash the existing economic order’ – Richard Nixon

on January 9, 2023, 6:00 AM / in History

Richard Milhous Nixon was born JANUARY 9, 1913.   He was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy during WWII, a Congressman, a Senator, and Vice-President under Dwight Eisenhower. He lost his first presidential race to John F. Kennedy by the smallest margin to that date. He was elected the 37th President in 1968, and re-elected in 1972 in one of […]

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American Minute    “May God save the country, for it is obvious the people will not.”- Millard Fillmore

American Minute “May God save the country, for it is obvious the people will not.”- Millard Fillmore

on January 7, 2023, 6:00 AM / in History

“May God save the country, for it is obvious the people will not.” -Millard Fillmore Millard Fillmore was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1832, the same year the Paris riots took place which were described in Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables. Comparing the American Revolution with France’s numerous revolutions and riots, President Millard Fillmore stated in his Third Annual Message, December 6, 1852: “Our own free […]

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“On the 12th Day of Christmas …”

“On the 12th Day of Christmas …”

on January 6, 2023, 6:00 AM / in History

Western Europe celebrated the birth of Christ on Christmas Day, December 25, as the holiest day of the season. Eastern Europe celebrated January 6, Epiphany, as the holiest day. “Epiphany” is a Greek word meaning “appearance” or “manifestation.” January 6 is also called Three Kings Day, recalling the visit of the Wise Men to Jesus in the manger — his “manifestation” to the Gentiles, as foretold in Isaiah 49:6: “I will also give thee for a light to the […]

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Battle of Princeton -“the most brilliant in the world’s history”

Battle of Princeton -“the most brilliant in the world’s history”

on January 3, 2023, 6:00 AM / in History

Frederick the Great of Prussia called these ten days “the most brilliant in the world’s history.” After winning the Battle of Trenton, Christmas night, George Washington’s small 1,200 man force confronted General Cornwallis’ 4,500 man British army. The night before the battle, Washington left his campfires burning and marched his army in absolute silence around the back of the British […]

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American Minute  “Isn’t God upon the Ocean, Just the Same as on the Land?”-James T. Field, The Atlantic Monthly

American Minute “Isn’t God upon the Ocean, Just the Same as on the Land?”-James T. Field, The Atlantic Monthly

on December 31, 2022, 6:00 AM / in History

James T. Fields was born DECEMBER 31, 1817. His father was a sea captain and died before Fields was three. James T. Fields became the editor of The Atlantic Monthly, 1862-1870, where he became friends with the most notable writers of his day, including: – William Wordsworth, – William Makepeace Thackeray, – Charles Dickens, – Nathaniel Hawthorne, – Herman Melville, – Ralph Waldo Emerson, […]

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“Until We Meet Again”

“Until We Meet Again”

on December 31, 2022, 6:00 AM / in History

In 1788, poet Robert Burns published an ancient Scottish folk song “Auld Lang Syne,” (meaning “in days of old gone by”). A similar poem was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1881, titled “Auf Wiedersehen” (meaning “until we meet again”). Longfellow dedicated it to the memory of his friend James T. Fields. The poem alluded to the Bible verse in Hebrews 11 “By faith … women received their dead raised to life […]

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Armenia: Ancient Past to Aggrieved Present

Armenia: Ancient Past to Aggrieved Present

on December 30, 2022, 6:00 AM / in History

By William Federer  |  American Minute According to ancient tradition, Noah’s Ark rested on Mount Ararat in the Armenian Mountain Range. Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat is even featured on Armenia’s National Coat of Arms. Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi (410-490 AD) recounted the tradition that Noah’s son Japheth had a descendant named Hayk who shot an arrow in a battle […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer Astronomer Johannes Kepler – “O, Almighty God, I am thinking Thy thoughts after Thee!…”

American Minute with Bill Federer Astronomer Johannes Kepler – “O, Almighty God, I am thinking Thy thoughts after Thee!…”

on December 28, 2022, 6:00 AM / in History

“O, Almighty God, I am thinking Thy thoughts after Thee!” wrote astronomer Johannes Kepler, 1619, The Harmonies of the World. Johannes Kepler was born DECEMBER 27, 1571. An attack of smallpox when he was four years old left Johannes Kepler with crippled hands and poor eyesight. Overcoming those handicaps, Kepler took up the study of science. The person most responsible […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer  ARMENIA was the first nation to officially adopt Christianity as its state religion, 301 AD

American Minute with Bill Federer ARMENIA was the first nation to officially adopt Christianity as its state religion, 301 AD

on December 28, 2022, 6:00 AM / in History

According to ancient tradition, Noah’s Ark rested on Mount Araratin the Armenian Mountain Range.    Armenia’s Coat of Arms has Mount Ararat with Noah’s Ark on top. Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi (410-490 AD) recounted the tradition that Noah’s son Japheth had a descendant named Hayk who shot an arrow in a battle near Lake Van c.2,500 BC killing Nimrod, builder of the Tower of Babel–the […]

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Merry Christmas From The Jackson Press

Merry Christmas From The Jackson Press

on December 25, 2022, 6:00 AM / in History

President John Quincy Adams stated in Newburyport, July 4, 1837: “In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior…It forms a leading event in the Progress of the Gospel dispensation… Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer “Through Jesus Christ the World Will Yet be a Better Place”-Pres. Truman, CHRISTMAS EVE, 1952, “…I wish for you a Christmas filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.”

American Minute with Bill Federer “Through Jesus Christ the World Will Yet be a Better Place”-Pres. Truman, CHRISTMAS EVE, 1952, “…I wish for you a Christmas filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.”

on December 24, 2022, 6:00 AM / in History

On CHRISTMAS EVE, DECEMBER 24, 1492, Columbus’ ship, the Santa Maria, ran aground on the island of Hispanola (Haiti). Columbus left 40 men and named the settlement la Navidad, promising to return the next year. On CHRISTMAS EVE, DECEMBER 24, 1777, Captain James Cook discovered Christmas Island, the largest atoll in the Pacific, where he observed eclipse of the sun. […]

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ISLAM’s conquests led to THE DARK AGES, then the RENAISSANCE & REFORMATION, which led ultimately to the American REVOLUTION

ISLAM’s conquests led to THE DARK AGES, then the RENAISSANCE & REFORMATION, which led ultimately to the American REVOLUTION

on December 21, 2022, 6:00 AM / in History

Dark Ages to Renaissance to Reformation to American REVOLUTION In the twelve years after Mohammed’s death, 632-644 AD, Muslim jihadists conquered the Eastern Roman Empire, Syria, Palestine, Eastern Anatolia, Armenia, Upper Egypt, Lower Egypt and North Africa. Muslim pirates terrorized the Mediterranean, blockading trade. This caused economic disaster in Roman Europe by diminishing products moving from East to West. An […]

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Bill of Rights: “Restrictive Clauses” to Prevent Federal Government from Ruling through Mandates – American Minute with Bill Federer

Bill of Rights: “Restrictive Clauses” to Prevent Federal Government from Ruling through Mandates – American Minute with Bill Federer

on December 15, 2022, 6:20 AM / in History

Though George Washington presided at the Constitutional Convention, George Mason refused to sign the U.S. Constitution. Why? Because it did not put enough limits on the Federal Government. George Mason and George Washington were friends, both being from Virginia. When the Continental Congress chose Washington to be General of the Continental Army, George Mason took his place as Virginia’s delegate to the Continental Congress. Mason […]

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