It Couldn’t Be Done—By Edgar A. Guest

THE AMERICANIST: INSPIRATIONAL POETRY Somebody said that it couldn’t be done       But he with a chuckle replied That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one       Who wouldn’t...

Jonathan Swift—Essay upon the Art of Political Lying

Commentary In 1710, Jonathan Swift writes an essay for The Examiner. Besides, as the vilest writer has his readers, so the greatest liar has his believers;...

Imagine a Political Party That Really Supports Equal Rights

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That Flag Would Have Offended Your Great-Great Grandfather

Dr. Paul C. Kemeny & Dr. Gillis J. Harp, Center for Vision & Values Recently, while waiting in line at a store in Grove City,...

Magna Charta, Epilogue

Background of the American Revolution The barons force King John to sign the Magna Charta, June 15, 1215. Troubles await. The ravenous and barbarous mercenaries, incited...

The Magna Carta Turns 800

BY DR. MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES It isn’t too often that we remember something that happened 800 years ago. There are...

Stand By the Flag

Stand By The Flag. ————— I. STAND by the Flag!—its stars, like meteors gleaming, Have lighted Arctic icebergs, Southern seas, And shone responsive to the stormy beaming Of old Arcturus...

What Led to Magna Carta?

Rapacious royalty in the run-up to Runnymede BY LAWRENCE W. REED June 15, 2015 marks 800 years since a fateful day along the River Thames just...

Judge No Man

Considerations by the Way An Fourteenth Century philosopher comments on good and evil. We shall not presume to anticipate the judgment of our fellow-citizens throughout the...

At Port Royal

At Port Royal. ————— THE tent-lights glimmer on the land, The ship-lights on the sea; The night-wind smooths with drifting sand Our track on lone Tybee. At last our grating...

Grant’s Tomb—Dedicated April 27, 1897

Grant’s Tomb—Dedicated April 27, 1897. Schofield, on Grant. ————— THE subject of this volume being limited to events of which I have had personal knowledge, and it...

Thomas à Kempis: On Religious Exercises

Considerations by the Way A medieval philosopher illustrates a fundamental principle. For man proposes, but God disposes; for man’s way is not in himself. CHAPTER XIX.—On Religious...

American Life: Military Laboratory, Arms and Supplies

American Life Military Laboratory, of Philadelphia, lists military arms and supplies available to the public in the new republic. Clayton Cramer notes that all these...

Adam Smith: Free Private Enterprise Vs. The Folly of Human Laws

FREE ENTERPRISE ZONE: FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES 1776 The natural effort of every individual to better his own condition, when suffered to exert itself with freedom and security...

The Battle of Lexington

The American Revolution Isiah Thomas, for the Massachusetts Spy, publishes an account of the Battle of Lexington. We have pleasure to say, that notwithstanding the highest...

Encounter Between Generals Nelson and Davis

Weekly Story A dispute between General Jefferson C. Davis and his superior, General William “Bull” Nelson, ends badly. General Nelson—roughly and angrily—“About twenty-five hundred! About twenty-five...

Jefferson—Isaac Hall Tiffany (April 4, 1819)

American Correspondence In 1819 Thomas Jefferson replies to Isaac Hall Tiffany—a student of Aaron Burr—residing at Schoharie Bridge. Of Liberty, then, I would say, that in...

Of Rights and Responsibilities – Clarence Carson

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Robert E. Lee—Mary Custis Lee (1856)

Correspondence Robert E. Lee writes to his wife from his post on the frontier. In this enlightened age there are few, I believe, but will acknowledge...

A Political Reverie

A Political Reverie. ————— As fairy forms, the elfin airy train, And sylphs, sometimes molest the learned brain, Delusive dreams the matron’s bosom swell, And, ancient maids, the fancied...

Mercy Otis Warren—John Adams (1775)

American Correspondence Shortly after the start of the Second Continental Congress, Mercy Otis Warren writes to John Adams. I am more and more convinced, of the...

Of the High and Mighty

Considerations by the Way An ancient philosopher illustrates a fundamental principle. We shall not presume to anticipate the judgment of our fellow-citizens throughout the Union on...

The San Francisco Riots

Weekly Story In 1877, at labor meeting in San Francisco, workers decide to join in the national rioting. A Citizens’ Executive Committee was organized, under the...

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part V

American Debate Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia,...

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part IV

American Debate Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia,...

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part III

American Debate Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia,...

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part II

American Debate   Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia,...

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part I

American Debate Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia,...

The Men Who Do Not Lift

The Men Who do not Lift. ————— THE world is sympathetic. The statement none can doubt; When A’s in trouble don’t we think that B should help...

War Relocation Authority—March 18, 1942

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