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Weekly Story: Patrick Arrives in Ireland

Weekly Story Jocelin, a twelfth century Monk of the Cistercian Order in Furness, records Patrick’s arrival in Ireland. And Milcho beheld a vision in the night;...

Weekly Story: He Discovered Money

Weekly Story A recent immigrant to America makes his fortune. Such is their faith in this little Italian. Polacks, Jews, Swedes, the Irish, every one invests,...

American Papers: National Thanksgiving Proclamation—1789

Thanksgiving   In 1789, both houses of Congress requested that George Washington acknowledge the many favors of Almighty God with a national day of thanksgiving and...

Weekly Story: Great Heart’s Goodbye

Weekly Story In which a knight demonstrates an ancient lesson. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall...

Oath of Secrecy

Background of the American Revolution In prepartion for war, the members of the Second Continental Congress bind themselves to secrecy. … and that if any member...

Pennsylvania Minority Dissent

Democratic Party Founding Papers … that free countries are most friendly to commerce and to the rights of property. This produces greater internal tranquillity. The Pennsylvania...

The Mountain Stage

Butterfield Overland Mail–March 3, 1857 Overland Mail-Express Arriving in Town.   The Mountain Stage. Henry M. Hoyt, Jr. The Pacific Monthly, December, 1908.   PITCHIN’ on the precipice, sluggin’ through the sand, (Got ‘em runnin’ easy now, holdin’...

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Weekly Story Julia Ward Howe relates how she came to write the Civil War hymn. It must have been’ at the earliest touch of dawn that...

Second Petition to the King (July 8, 1775)

Background of the American Revolution Following the Battle of Bunker Hill the Continental Congress—meeting in Philadelphia—sends one final petition to the king. Richard Penn and...

George Rogers Clark—To Patrick Henry (February 3, 1779)

The American Revolution In 1779, Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark writes to Governor Patrick Henry telling him he intends to attack The Famous Hair Buyer...

Remembering the “Miracle on Ice”

MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES February 22 marked the 35th anniversary of the upset victory by the U.S. hockey team over their...

Blizzard of 1886

Weekly Story Railroad man Otto P. Byers recalls events in Kansas during the blizzard of 1886. That commercialism will invade misfortune, and even death, was never...

The Defamation of the American Tradition

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date November 01, 1962 Many of the departures from the American tradition came...

“It Was a Real Killing Field”—Remembering Iwo Jima

PAUL G. KENGOR, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES On February 19, 1945, 20-year-old Bill Young of Mooresville, North Carolina, disembarked an LST on a...

A Rebirth of Liberty

Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part 6 THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date: Oct. 01, 1962 But Surely,...

John Wilkes—The Warning

Background of the American Revolution Shortly after the First Continental Congress concludes, the House of Commons debates declaring the colonies in rebellion. A member of...

Washington’s Boyhood, Education & Family

THE LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, BY WASHINGTON IRVING Vol. I, Chap. 2 THE HOME OF WASHINGTON'S BOYHOOD—HIS EARLY EDUCATION—LAWRENCE WASHINGTON AND HIS CAMPAIGN IN THE...

Genealogy of the Washington Family

THE LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, BY WASHINGTON IRVING Vol. I, Chap. 1 The Washington family is of an ancient English stock, the genealogy of which...

John Adams—To His Friend (1776)

American Correspondence John Adams—at the beginning of the Revolution—responds to a friend’s request asking how to create a new form of government for the soon...

Repointing the Constitution

THE HONORABLE JANICE ROGERS BROWN, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract “Repointing”—the process for maintaining old brick buildings that involves cleaning out and replacing the old mortar—is the perfect...

Gustave Le Bon—The Crowd

Commentary In 1895, French physicist Gustave Le Bon publishes a treatise on mob behavior. Crowds are only powerful for destruction. Their rule is always tantamount to...

Spooner: Trial By Jury

Background of the American Civil War In 1852, abolitionist Lysander Spooner publishes an essay arguing that private citizens serving as jurors are the final arbiters...

The Sphinx

Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II, by Nicholas Wapshott BOOK REVIEW BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The complicated strategic struggle...

Commentary: A Self-Made Merchant to His Son

Commentary A turn of the Twentieth Century editor—in the manner of a letter from a businessman to his son—offers advice to students just entering college. College...

Clarence Carson: The Road to Collectivism

Individual Liberty In The Crucible Of History, Part 5 THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Sept. 01, 1962 Americans came upon...

A Collectivist Curvature of the Mind

Individual Liberty In The Crucible Of History, Part 4 THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS   Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, August 01, 1962 Any capable observer should...

Judicial Monopoly Over the Constitution: Jefferson's View

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date Oct 1, 1983 Do the Federal courts have a monopoly of the interpretation...

Judicial Monopoly Over the Constitution: Jefferson’s View

THE AMERICANIST: CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date Oct 1, 1983 Do the Federal courts have a monopoly of the interpretation...

Robert Rogers—Plan of Discipline

Background of the American Revolution During the French and Indian War, Major Robert Rogers—in his Journal—records his instruction to the frontier militiamen assigned him. Such in...

Out Of Small Beginnings

Thanksgiving During the winter of 1623, the Pilgrims subsisted for a time on a daily ration of five kernels of parched corn. The tradition of...