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Fisher Ames: The Dangers of American Liberty, P2

American Debate Federalist Fisher Ames sends a draft treatise to a friend for review, in which he addresses the dangers he sees to the liberty...

Weekly Story: Julia A. Carney and “Little Things”

Weekly Story Julia A. Fletcher—taking a shorthand class at Tremont Temple in Boston—writes four lines of verse as a class project. After school, she completes...

Weekly Story: Julia A. Carney and "Little Things"

Weekly Story Julia A. Fletcher—taking a shorthand class at Tremont Temple in Boston—writes four lines of verse as a class project. After school, she completes...

Justice Joseph Story—On the Separation of Church and State

Foundations of the United States Constitution In 1833, Joseph Story—selected for the Supreme Court by James Madison in 1811—publishes a three volume commentary on the...

Booker T. Washington: Cast Down Your Bucket Where You Are

American Debate In September, 1895, Booker T. Washington—of the Tuskegee Institute—addresses the Atlanta Exposition.   To those of my race who depend on bettering their condition in...

Weekly Story: Washington’s Farewell to his Mother

Weekly Story George Washington’s adopted son recalls President-elect Washington’s visit with his mother.   “But go, George, fulfil the high destinies which Heaven appears to have intended...

Weekly Story: The Curtain Falls

Weekly Story A former college student relates his experiences at the end of the Civil War.   They have kept their oath. One-third lie sleeping beneath the...

The Sunset Trail

Palo Verde Valley Posse (1913): Elmer Layton, George Woods, Constable Asa Gardner, Charles Utling, Alex Gardner & Fred Springer.—The Desert Magazine.   The Sunset Trail. Berton Braley....

Stranger In A Strange Land

Considerations by the Way In ancient times, a young man finds his way.   We shall not presume to anticipate the judgment of our fellow-citizens throughout the...

Weekly Story: From Nursery to Battlefield

Weekly Story An Army officer—and Civil War veteran—relates how he started his career.   The Civil War was largely a boys’ war, one might say. Three out...

Jim Bludso, of the Prairie Queen

Jim Bludso, Of the Prairie Belle. (Pike County Ballads.) ————— WALL, no! I can’t tell whar he lives, Because he don’t live, you see: Leastways, he’s got out of...

Patrick Henry—May 29, 1736

Patrick Henry—Voice of the American Revolution   Patrick Henry. May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799. Bold Language of Patrick Henry. ————— WHEN Patrick Henry, who gave the first impulse...

Weekly Story: What Hath God Wrought?

Weekly Story Samuel Morse relates the story of the first use of his invention.   I need only add that no words could have been selected more...

John G. Palfrey: On the Slave Power

Background of the Civil War During the year 1846, historian John G. Palfrey publishes a series of papers in the Boston Whig.   It is often wisdom,...

Civil War Begins—After All

Civil War Begins—April 12, 1861 There’s a Nameless Grave in the Battlefield. This mute reminder of Antietam’s awful cost suggests how many thousand homes were sunk...

May 19, 1924—World War Adjusted Compensation Act

THE WORLD WAR COMPENSATION ACT. ————— AN ACT To provide adjusted compensation for veterans of the World War, and for other purposes. BE it enacted by the...

May 10, 1869—What The Engines Said

  What the Engines Said. (Opening of the Pacific Railroad—May 10, 1869.) ————— The Overland for June crosses the continent on the completed Pacific Railroad. As there are...

Webster’s American Education—General Remarks

American Thought Noah Webster, shortly after the end of the Revolutionary War, publishes an essay in his American Magazine outlining his reasons and methods for...

John G. Palfrey: On the Slave Power

Background of the Civil War During the year 1846, historian John G. Palfrey publishes a series of papers in the Boston Whig.   It is often wisdom,...

Weekly Story: The Earth Quakes at New Madrid

Weekly Story An itinerant minister—in a letter to the Rev. James Flint—relates his conversations with New Madrid, Missouri, residents seven years after the earthquakes in...