The Battle Hymn of the Republic: The Story Behind the Anthem

John Brown

TweetShareShare “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord! He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.” The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” was how the Union “slapped the face” of a Confederacy committed to slavery and secession. They just did so with a catchy tune.…

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John Howland: How One Pilgrim’s Miracle Rescue Created One of America’s Greatest Family Trees

TweetShareShare   Consider this diverse list of notable Americans: U.S. politicians and leaders H.W., G.W. and Jeb Bush, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Sarah Palin Poets Henry Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Actors Humphrey Bogart, Alec and Stephen Baldwin, Chevy Chase, Anthony Perkins and John Lithgow Childcare expert Dr. Benjamin Spock Founder of Mormon religion…

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July 8, 1835: The Day a Judge, the Liberty Bell and the Founding Era Ended

John Marshall

TweetShareShare One night a stranger sought refuge in a rural tavern. Exhausted from his travels, the hungry, unkempt visitor longed for solitude. However, the man quickly realized he had interrupted a debate regarding the “merits of the Christian religion.” In a long, contentious argument, several young men discussed biblical truth related to Christ’s divinity and…

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

Plato

TweetShareShare 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…

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John Quincy Adams: The Hell Hound of Slavery

The Hell Hound of Slavery

TweetShareShareIt’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

TweetShareShare “[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,…

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

Secular Amerca

TweetShareShareSince 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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John Ericsson: The Swede that Saved the Union

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TweetShareShareWhen 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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