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Bill Federer serves up a daily dose of inspiration from the pages of American history with a special emphasis on America's Judeo-Christian heritage.

American Minute with Bill Federer A baseball star, Billy Sunday played for the Chicago White Stockings in the 1880's and later the Philadelphia Phillies. Born during the Civil War in a log cabin in Iowa, his father, who was a Union Army soldier, died of pneumonia when Billy was a month...
American Minute with Bill Federer "The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco," stated President Obama in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009. Morocco began recognizing American colonists in 1625. Governor William Bradford described the incident in the History of the Plymouth Settlement. In 1625, the Pilgrims sent two ships back to England...
American Minute with Bill Federer There are more slaves today than at any time in human history, reported Benjamin Skinner, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. An estimated 27 million people in the world are forced to work, held through fraud,...
American Minute with Bill Federer In the 3rd century, the Roman Empire was being invaded by Goths. At the same time, the Plague of Cyprian, probably smallpox, broke out killing at its height 5,000 people a day. So many died that the Roman army was depleted of soldiers. Needing more soldiers to fight...
American Minute with Bill Federer Novgorod, which means "new town," was the first and only Russian Republic. Founded as a trading port near the Baltic Sea in 859 AD, it is considered the first city of the Rus people, and was their capital until 882 AD when Oleg moved the capital...
American Minute with Bill Federer Darwin's theory influenced Margaret Sanger, who promoted "eugenics" and "forced sterilization" to eliminate inferior races. Sanger founded a 501(c)3 called Planned Parenthood. Margaret Sanger wrote in her autobiography of addressing a Klu Klux Klan rally in Silver Lake, New Jersey in 1938. She wrote in her...
American Minute with Bill Federer Lincoln warned, January 27, 1837: "At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As...
American Minute with Bill Federer Society ... must repose on principles that do not change" -- wrote Montesquieu in Book 24 of The Spirit of the Laws. Montesquieu was a French political philosopher whose books were read by Catherine the Great of Russia, banned by Louis XV of France and praised...
American Minute with Bill Federer "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" was the campaign slogan of 9th President William Henry Harrison, born FEBRUARY 9, 1773. Harrison was an aide-de-camp to General "Mad Anthony" Wayne, who defeated the British and Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, 1794. Harrison was the hero of the Battle...
American Minute with Bill Federer Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy Scout movement in England in 1908, and two years later, the Boys Scouts of America was incorporated, FEBRUARY 8, 1910. Robert Baden-Powell was educated at Charterhouse, London, and joined the English hussars in 1876. As a soldier for in British Empire,...
American Minute with Bill Federer Frederick Douglass was born Frederick "Baily" on a Maryland plantation around FEBRUARY 7, 1817, though no accurate records exist, as he was a slave. He later chose the birth date of February 14 as he remembered his mother calling him her "little valentine." He never saw his...
American Minute with Bill Federer Ronald Reagan was born FEBRUARY 6, 1911. A graduate of Eureka College, IL, 1932, he worked as a life guard and then announced for radio stations in Iowa. He became a sports announcer for Chicago Cubs baseball games and traveled with the team. While with the Cubs in...
American Minute with Bill Federer An early Baptist dissenter who died in London's Newgate Prison was Thomas Helwys, who wrote in 1612: "The King is a mortal man, and not God, therefore he hath no power over the mortal soul of his subjects to make laws and ordinances for them and...
American Minute with Bill Federer Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) stated: "Socialized medicine is a keystone to the establishment of a socialist state." "Nazi" is the abbreviation of National Socialist Workers' Party. Its leader was Adolph Hitler, who became Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933, and began implementing a plan of universal healthcare, with...
American Minute with Bill Federer On the frigid night of FEBRUARY 3, 1943, the overcrowded Allied ship U.S.A.T. Dorchester, carrying 902 servicemen, plowed through the dark waters near Greenland. At 1:00am, a Nazi submarine fired a torpedo into the transport's flank, killing many in the explosion and trapping others below deck. It...
American Minute with Bill Federer Cortés conquered the Aztecs in 1521, and for the next 300 years, New Spain, which included Latin America and parts of North and South America, was ruled by Catholic Spain. In 1808, Napoleon, who was a secular leader, invaded Catholic Spain and put his brother Joseph...
American Minute with Bill Federer Five dollars was all she was paid by the Atlantic Monthly Magazine for her poem, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," published FEBRUARY 1, 1862. It became Lincoln's favorite song and the Union's theme song. Her name was Julia Ward Howe, the daughter of a Wall Street...
American Minute with Bill Federer 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...
American Minute with Bill Federer 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...
American Minute with Bill Federer 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...