Articles by: William Federer

Clara Barton & the American Red Cross

Clara Barton & the American Red Cross

on May 23, 2018, 7:24 AM / in History

T he American Red Cross was organized MAY 21, 1881, by a schoolteacher namedClara Barton. The first woman to be a clerk at the U.S. Patent Office, Clara Barton moved to Washington at the outbreak of the Civil War. She distributed relief supplies to wounded soldiers and, at the request of President Lincoln, aided for nearly four years in searching for missing soldiers. After attempting to carry a wounded soldier off thebattlefield of […]

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May 14th by William Federer

May 14th by William Federer

on May 14, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

On midnight, MAY 14, 1948, the State of Israel came into being and was immediately recognized by the United States and the Soviet Union. A homeland for the thousands of Jews who were persecuted and displaced during World War II, Israel was attacked the next day by the Transjordanian Army, the Arab Legion, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. Against all […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer Mother’s Day

American Minute with Bill Federer Mother’s Day

on May 13, 2018, 6:14 AM / in History

Mothers’ Day was held in Boston in 1872 at the suggestion of Julia Ward Howe, writer of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” But it was Anna Jarvis, daughter of a Methodist minister in Grafton, West Virginia, who made it a national event. During the Civil War, Anna Jarvis’ mother organized Mothers’ Day Work Clubs to care for wounded soldiers, both Union and Confederate. She raised money for medicine, […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer Irving Berlin “God Bless America!”

American Minute with Bill Federer Irving Berlin “God Bless America!”

on May 12, 2018, 6:39 AM / in History

T he son of a rabbi, he was born MAY 11, 1888. At 4-years-old, he immigrated with his family from Russia to New York. Falling in love with America, he served as a U.S. infantry sergeant in World War I. He later wrote some of the nation’s most popular songs, including: “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”; “Remember”; “Always”; “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”; “There’s No Business like Show […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer  The Virginia Company-England’s First Permanent American Colony

American Minute with Bill Federer The Virginia Company-England’s First Permanent American Colony

on May 11, 2018, 6:09 AM / in History

W hen Muslim Turks conquered the land trade routes from Europe to Asia, Europeans explored sea routes. These attempts were initially financed by kings and wealthy private individuals, and later through the new invention of “companies.” “Companies” have a significant history. During the Middle Ages, there were tradesmen, partnerships, merchant guilds, craft guilds,and religious guilds , but these did not have large amounts of capital […]

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Roman Persecution of Christians

Roman Persecution of Christians

on May 3, 2018, 5:30 AM / in History, Religion

Eleven of the twelve apostles were martyred, with the 12th, John, being reportedly thrown into a boiling pot of oil, but miraculously survived. The traditional histories are: Peter preached in Rome and was crucified upside down in 66 AD; Andrew preached in Asia Minor, modern-day Greece and Turkey, before being crucified on a sideways “Saint Andrew’s Cross” around 60 AD; Thomas preached east […]

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American Minute  Virginia’s Christian Founding & the growth of Religious Tolerance

American Minute Virginia’s Christian Founding & the growth of Religious Tolerance

on April 26, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

Ten years before William Shakespeare died, the Colony of Virginia was named for the “Virgin Queen” Elizabeth. Virginia’s First Charter stated, April 10, 1606: “Greatly commending … their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of His Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer  Library of Congress Buildings & Union Station -Inscriptions on God, Faith, & Bible

American Minute with Bill Federer Library of Congress Buildings & Union Station -Inscriptions on God, Faith, & Bible

on April 24, 2018, 6:56 AM / in History

The LIBRARY OF CONGRESS is the largest library in the world with over 118 million items on more than 500 miles of shelves. It began APRIL 24, 1800, during President John Adams’ administration, with a $5,000 grant from Congress. Originally located inside the Capitol Building, its purpose was to help legislators write laws. It was proposed by James Madison in […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer  “The Greatest Show on Earth” -P.T. Barnum,  & Evangelist D.L. Moody

American Minute with Bill Federer “The Greatest Show on Earth” -P.T. Barnum, & Evangelist D.L. Moody

on April 7, 2018, 8:15 AM / in History

“The Greatest Show on Earth” was owned by P.T. Barnum, who died APRIL 7, 1891. Selling millions of tickets, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus had big draws including General Tom Thumb, a man only 25 inches tall, and elephant “Jumbo,” whose name entered the dictionary. Barnum, who was received by President Lincoln and gave a command performance for Queen Victoria, stated: “Most persons, on the whole, are […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer   Middle East Oil, World War I, Woodrow Wilson, Sergeant York

American Minute with Bill Federer Middle East Oil, World War I, Woodrow Wilson, Sergeant York

on April 6, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

“The Great War”began in 1914 between Germany and its allies, and England and France and their allies. Battles were fought in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, China and off the coast of South and North America. One of the reasons for World War I was access to Middle East oil. In the article “Falling Empires and their Currencies” (Centre for Research on […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer “Those who control the past control the future, and those who control the present control the past.” -George Orwell, in his novel 1984

American Minute with Bill Federer “Those who control the past control the future, and those who control the present control the past.” -George Orwell, in his novel 1984

on March 23, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History, Opinion

On MARCH 22, 1758, Princeton University President Jonathan Edwards died from a smallpox inoculation. He had been the valedictorian of his class at Yale. He was ordained in 1727 as a minister in Northampton, Massachusetts, serving as assistant to his grandfather Solomon Stoddard. In 1727, Rev. Jonathan Edwards married Sarah Pierpont, whose father, Rev. James Pierpont, was a founder of Yale University. Sarah’s great-grandfather […]

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American Minute  “We must REMOVE the CHILDREN from the crude influence of their FAMILIES … We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists… “-Communist Party, 1918

American Minute “We must REMOVE the CHILDREN from the crude influence of their FAMILIES … We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists… “-Communist Party, 1918

on March 22, 2018, 7:34 AM / in History, Opinion

Special thanks to Judy for reminding us. On MARCH 22, 1758, Princeton University President Jonathan Edwards died from a smallpox inoculation. He had been the valedictorian of his class at Yale. Edwards was ordained in 1727 as a minister in Northampton, Massachusetts, serving as assistant to his grandfather Solomon Stoddard. In 1727, Rev. Jonathan Edwards married Sarah Pierpont, whose father, […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer He introduced FIRST AMENDMENT in Congress, & PRAYED as President during War of 1812

American Minute with Bill Federer He introduced FIRST AMENDMENT in Congress, & PRAYED as President during War of 1812

on March 16, 2018, 8:41 AM / in History

James Madison introduced the First Amendment in the first session of Congress. He has been referred to as the “Chief Architect of the Constitution,” for his role in the Constitutional Convention, and he wrote many of the Federalist Papers which helped convince the States to ratify it. James Madison, who was born MARCH 16, 1751, wrote to a college friend William Bradford, November 9, 1772: […]

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American Minute  Juliette Low-Girl Scouts, & Patty Garibay-American Heritage Girls

American Minute Juliette Low-Girl Scouts, & Patty Garibay-American Heritage Girls

on March 16, 2018, 6:25 AM / in History

Juliette Low had chronic ear infections as a child, which made one ear deaf. A grain of rice thrown at her wedding lodged in her other ear, which was punctured by the procedure to remove it. Juliette Low’s father, a U.S. Army General, was previously a Civil War Confederate captain. In the Spanish-American War, Juliette Low and her mother organized […]

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Her deck, once red with heroes’ blood, Where knelt the vanquished foe…”- Old Ironsides

Her deck, once red with heroes’ blood, Where knelt the vanquished foe…”- Old Ironsides

on March 8, 2018, 6:40 AM / in History

“Old Ironsides” is the nickname of the three-masted frigate USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship in the world still afloat. Muslim Barbary Pirates of North Africa had captured the American ships Polly, Betsey, Maria, Dauphin, and Philadelphia. The USS Constitution was sent to fight the Muslim pirates in the First Barbary War, 1803, the Battle of Tripoli Harbor, 1804, and […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer Jefferson drafted Day of Fasting when British blockaded Boston Harbor

American Minute with Bill Federer Jefferson drafted Day of Fasting when British blockaded Boston Harbor

on March 7, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

Furious at the Tea Party, the King punished Boston. The King approved the Boston Port Act, MARCH 7, 1774, effectively closing their harbor to all commerce and ruining their economy. Surrounding towns rallied by sending food. William Prescott, who later commanded at Bunker Hill, wrote: “If we submit to these regulations, all is gone… Our forefathers passed the vast Atlantic, […]

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American Minute with  Bill Federer Boston Massacre -“Let us play the man for our GOD, and for the cities of our GOD”-John Hancock

American Minute with Bill Federer Boston Massacre -“Let us play the man for our GOD, and for the cities of our GOD”-John Hancock

on March 5, 2018, 6:15 AM / in History

The French and Indian War ended in 1763 with the French losing Canada and all their land east of the Mississippi River to the British. British General Gage also had to put down the Indian uprising of Pontiac’s Rebellion. King George III decided to leave troops in the American colonies in case of future French incursions or native uprisings. British troops were to […]

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American Minute with Bill Federer What was before the U.S. Constitution?

American Minute with Bill Federer What was before the U.S. Constitution?

on March 1, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

What was the government in the United States before the U.S. Constitution was written? It was the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, which were introduced in the Continental Congress July 12, 1776, a little over a week after Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. After a long debate, theArticles of Confederationwere approved on November 15, 1777 and sent to […]

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Richard Stockton, Signer of Declaration of Independence

Richard Stockton, Signer of Declaration of Independence

on February 28, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

Richard Stockton’s brother-in-law, Elias Boudinot, was President of the Continental Congress for a term, signed the Treaty of Paris, and founded the American Bible Society. His son, Richard Stockton, was a U.S. Senator from New Jersey. His grandson, Robert F. Stockton, was a U.S. Navy Commodore, a hero of the War of 1812, who helped freed slaves found Liberia, West […]

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United States” a professedly Christian nation…”- John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State

United States” a professedly Christian nation…”- John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State

on February 25, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History

Read more from William Federer here “There is only one defense – a defense compounded of eternal vigilance, sound policies, and high courage” – stated Secretary of State John Foster Dulles to the Overseas Press Club in New York, March 30, 1954. John Foster Dulles was born FEBRUARY 25, 1888, in the home of his Civil War general grandfather. His […]

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