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Ben Franklin’s America

American Minute with Bill Federer On JULY 26, 1775, Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General of the United States, a position he held under...

Ulysses S. Grant died, July 23, 1885

American Minute with Bill Federer Ulysses S. Grant was commissioned JULY 25, 1866, as General of the Army, the first ever to hold that rank...

Tennessee – the 16th State

American Minute with Bill Federer Spanish Explorers Hernando de Soto, in 1540, and Juan Pardo, in 1567, traveled inland from North America's eastern coast and...

Carl Sandburg’s Vision of America

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...

Is The Scopes Monkey Trial Over?

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...

“V” for Victory!

American Minute with Bill Federer It was on JULY 19, 1941, that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill held up two fingers as a sign of...

GREED and the GOSPEL

American Minute with Bill Federer Apostle of the Indies, Bartolome' de Las Casas, died JULY 17, 1566. In 1502, he left Spain for the West Indies,...

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...

Henry Clay – “The Great Compromiser”

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...

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...

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...

Marquis de Lafayette – friend to America

American Minute with Bill Federer Born September 6, 1757, his father died before he was two-years-old and his mother died when he was twelve, leaving...

Noah Webster’s Faith

American Minute with Bill Federer The earliest human records appeared about 3,000 or 4,000 BC - Sumerian cuneiform on clay tablets in the Mesopotamian Valley. This...

Karol Wojtyla AKA Pope John Paul II

American Minute with Bill Federer "The family is especially under attack," stated Pope John Paul II, August 15, 1993. In 1979, Pope John Paul II appointed...

Calvin Coolidge on America’s Spiritual Roots

American Minute with Bill Federer President Calvin Coolidge warned in a speech given MAY 15, 1926, at the College of William and Mary: "But there is...

God Bless America

American Minute with Bill Federer The son of a rabbi, he was born MAY 11, 1888. At 4-years-old, he immigrated with his family from Russia to...

The Faith of Harry Truman

American Minute with Bill Federer In poor health two months before his death, Franklin Roosevelt met with King Abdul Aziz ibm Saud on the USS...

McGuffey’s Readers

American Minute with Bill Federer Selling a million copies a year for over 100 years, McGuffey's Readers were the mainstay of public education in America. Generations...

Divine Providence – an expression of Americanism

American Minute with Bill Federer "In 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first National Day of Prayer ... In 1783, the Treaty of Paris officially ended...

J. Edgar Hoover’s Faith

American Minute with Bill Federer The director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, died MAY 2, 1972. For 48 years, under eight Presidents, J. Edgar Hoover...