Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of an American Moses (Part 3)

Martin Luther King speaks

  In PART ONE, the individuals and events that influenced King’s childhood and adolescence were addressed.  In PART TWO, Martin Luther King’s rise to inspire and lead the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. +++++++++++++++++++++   By 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. had lived up to his royal last name. His speeches were legendary and…

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Suicide or Murder? The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis

Meriwether Lewis led one of America’s greatest expeditions and was the apple of Thomas Jefferson’s eye. To this day the name “Meriwether Lewis” sells books, inspires audiences and provokes pride. His leadership of the Corps of Discovery, along with William Clark, remains one our nation’s most enduring tales. In his post-expedition years he enjoyed fame…

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America the Republic: Why We Were Never Constituted as a Pure Democracy

Plato

Lately, there’s been a lot of chatter about our democracy or democratic  form of government. Some political commentators use fear to suggest our “democracy is in peril” if certain people from the opposing political party are elected. Unfortunately, this type of fear mongering has been around since America was constituted. The problem with that critique?…

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John Quincy Adams: The Hell Hound of Slavery

The Hell Hound of Slavery

It’s one thing to be a “career politician.” It’s quite another to be so influential that your very presence commands respect, honor and adoration. But John Quincy Adams was a “cut above the rest” type of man. In fact, few American leaders have exceeded the contributions of John Quincy Adams, the lawyer son of Founding…

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Alexis De Tocqueville: The French Man Who Saw America’s Past, Present and Future

“[It’s] the most comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the relationship between character and society in America that has ever been written.”[1] That’s how one historian described Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America; a work many consider among the most influential literary works of the 19th century. Published in two volumes between 1835 and 1840, Alexis…

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America the Secular? Flipping the Script on the Founding of a Nation

Secular Amerca

Since the 1980s, it’s been a popular refrain to refer to America’s founding as secular in nature. Proponents of secularism often use selective quotes to promote their nonreligious agendas (1). Many Founding Fathers are now considered “Deist” (read: agnostic, atheist). These include heavyweights like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine and George Washington. Perhaps we…

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The Big Switch That Wasn’t: The Dixiecrats, Race and 1964

It’s known as “The Big Switch.” A historical moment when Southern Democrat politicians converted to Republicanism and refashioned the G.O.P. into a racist political party (according to their opponents). In an heated Twitter exchange between Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez (D-NY) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), this “big switch” was the grist of the Millennial Democrat’s argument.…

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John Ericsson: The Swede that Saved the Union

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When it comes to America’s naval history, few had more influence on battleship design than a man named John Ericsson. In fact, it’s a Swedish story better than ABBA. Ericsson was a Swedish American who revolutionized steamship propulsion through his invention of the screw propeller. He also invented the first submarine boat, self-propelled torpedo and…

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