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Carl Sandburg’s faith

American Minute with Bill Federer "I see America not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ... I see America in the crimson...

The Scopes Monkey Trial

American Minute with Bill Federer The Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925 pitted EVOLUTION against CREATION. Clarence Darrow defended EVOLUTION. Darrow had previously defended Leopold and Loeb, the...

Communion on the moon?

American Minute with Bill Federer "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," stated Astronaut Neil Armstrong, JULY 20, 1969, as he...

The French and Indian War

American Minute with Bill Federer In the decades prior to the Revolutionary War, tensions arose between the two largest global powers: BRITAIN, led by King...

NASA, Astronauts and God

American Minute with Bill Federer "Godspeed, John Glenn," radioed backup-pilot Scott Carpenter from the blockhouse as the rockets fired up on February 20, 1962. Astronaut John...

The Bible of the Revolution

American Minute with Bill Federer In colonial America, Bibles had to be imported from Britain as the British government strictly regulated the printing of religious...

Gerald Ford born JULY 14, 1913

American Minute with Bill Federer President Gerald Ford stated in Rockford, IL, March 11, 1976: "People say ... why don't you expand that program, why don't...

George Washington Carver peanuts to milk

American Minute with Bill Federer "My beloved friend, keep your hand in that of the Master, walk daily by His side, so that you may...

Alexander Hamilton’s faith

American Minute with Bill Federer He intentionally fired into the air, but his political rival, Vice-President Aaron Burr, took deadly aim and fatally shot Alexander...

Bank Wars and Andrew Jackson

American Minute with Bill Federer Economist Milton Friedman stated: "Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it." Over the objections...

The Liberty Bell

American Minute with Bill Federer The Liberty Bell got its name from being rung JULY 8, 1776, to call the citizens of Philadelphia together to...

Polygamy and Slavery in American

American Minute with Bill Federer A call to ban the Confederate Flag due to its association with slavery is akin to banning the Democrat Party's...

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died JULY 4, 1826

American Minute with Bill Federer Both served in the Continental Congress and both signed the Declaration of Independence. Both served as U.S. Ministers in France. One was...

Declaration of Independence

American Minute with Bill Federer 38-year-old King George III ruled the largest empire that planet earth had ever seen. The Declaration of Independence, approved JULY 4,...

The Battle of Gettysburg ended JULY 3, 1863

American Minute with Bill Federer Washington, D.C., was in a panic! 72,000 Confederate troops were just sixty miles away near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. What led up to this...

President James Garfield was shot JULY 2, 1881

American Minute with Bill Federer One bullet grazed his elbow, but a second lodged in the back of President James Garfield, who was shot JULY...

Henry Clay died JUNE 29, 1852

American Minute with Bill Federer "I would rather be right than President," answered Henry Clay, when told his abolitionist position would cost him the election. Henry...

Politicians are tempted toward ‘legal plunder’

American Minute with Bill Federer The Constitutional Convention was in a deadlock over how large and small states could be represented equally. Some delegates left. Then, on...

Helen Keller was born JUNE 27, 1880

American Minute with Bill Federer At the age of two she suffered an illness that left her blind and deaf. Her parents took her to Dr....

United Nations Charter signed JUNE 26, 1945

American Minute with Bill Federer Franklin Roosevelt coined the name "United Nations" for the allied countries fighting together against the National Socialist Workers Party (Nazi)...

Expanding a Constitutionally Guaranteed Right

American Minute with Bill Federer Thomas Jefferson wrote to Mr. Hammond in 1821: "The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in ... the federal...

Jedediah Smith born JUNE 24, 1798

American Minute with Bill Federer John Colter accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition, 1804-1806. Colter then traveled the mountain wilderness alone for months, being considered...

DUTY OF PEOPLE TO VOTE RESPONSIBLY

American Minute with Bill Federer At a time when most of the world was ruled by kings, Americans held its first popularly elected legislative assembly. Jamestown...

Superintending Providence and our Constitution

American Minute with Bill Federer George Washington dictated a "talk" to the Cherokee Nation, August 29, 1796: “Beloved Cherokees, The wise men of the United States...

Defining Religious Liberty in America

American Minute with Bill Federer JUNE 20, 1632, King Charles I of England granted a charter for the Colony of Maryland, named for his CATHOLIC...

The War of 1812 began JUNE 18, 1812

American Minute with Bill Federer The French Revolution had left that country in chaos. 26-year-old Napoleon fired cannons down the streets of Paris, mowing down French...

Battle of Bunker Hill – June 17, 1775

American Minute with Bill Federer "Don't Shoot Until You See the Whites of Their Eyes!" commanded Colonel William Prescott, repeating the order of General Israel...

Father’s Day

American Minute with Bill Federer The first formal "Father's Day" was celebrated JUNE 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd heard a church sermon...

Wernher von Braun died JUNE 16, 1977

American Minute with Bill Federer The "Father of Modern Space Flight" was Wernher von Braun. He acknowledged his debt to the "Father of Modern Rocketry," American...

Thirteen Stars and Thirteen Stripes

American Minute with Bill Federer On JUNE 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress selected the FLAG of the United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson designated...