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King George III’s ‘Patriot Act’ of 1767?

King George III’s ‘Patriot Act’ of 1767?

American Minute with Bill Federer "The French and Indian War ended in 1763 with the French losing Canada and all their land east of the Mississippi River. King George III decided to tax the colonies to pay for their defense in case of future French incursions or native uprisings. British troops were funded by taxes which stifled the [...]

BILL OF RIGHTS ratified DEC 15, 1791

BILL OF RIGHTS ratified DEC 15, 1791

American Minute with Bill Federer "The National Government was itself the creature of the States... Yet today it is often made to appear that the creature, Frankenstein-like, is determined to destroy the creators." -President Dwight Eisenhower, Governors' Conference, June 24, 1957 The original thirteen States were afraid that the new [...]

George Washington died DECEMBER 14, 1799

George Washington died DECEMBER 14, 1799

American Minute with Bill Federer He caught a chill riding horseback several hours in the snow while inspecting his Mount Vernon farm. The next morning it developed into "acute laryngitis" and the doctors were called in. Their response was to bleed him heavily four times, a process of cutting one's arm to let the "bad blood" out. They [...]

Phillips Brooks born DECEMBER 13, 1835

Phillips Brooks born DECEMBER 13, 1835

American Minute with Bill Federer Seeking U.N. sanctions against Iran, December 21, 1979, President Jimmy Carter stated in a speech: "Henry Longfellow wrote a Christmas carol in a time of crisis, the War Between the States, in 1864. Two verses of that carol ("I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day") particularly express my thoughts and [...]

Pennsylvania the 2nd State in the Union

Pennsylvania the 2nd State in the Union

American Minute with Bill Federer Pennsylvania became the 2nd State to join the Union, DECEMBER 12, 1787. Pennsylvania was where the Continental Congress met, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and where the Liberty Bell was rung. The Continental Army spent the freezing winter of 1777 at Valley Forge in [...]

Spanish-American War ended DEC 10, 1898

Spanish-American War ended DEC 10, 1898

American Minute with Bill Federer The Spanish-American War ended with a Treaty signed DECEMBER 10, 1898. Leading up the war was slavery in Cuba. President James Buchanan wrote December 19, 1859: "When a market for African slaves shall no longer be furnished in Cuba...Christianity and civilization may gradually penetrate the existing [...]

United States supports the Jewish people

United States supports the Jewish people

American Minute with Bill Federer The Play, "Fiddler on the Roof," recounts the story of Jewish persecution in Eastern Europe and Russia. President Abraham Lincoln, shortly after he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, met with Canadian Christian Zionist, Henry Wentworth Monk regarding the oppression of Russian and Turkish Jews. Lincoln [...]

“So Help Me God”

“So Help Me God”

American Minute with Bill Federer Why has the tradition in America been for oaths to end with "So Help Me God"? The military's oath of enlistment ended with "So Help Me God." The commissioned officers' oath ended with "So Help Me God." President's oath of office ended with "So Help Me God." Congressmen and Senators' oath ended with [...]

The Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

American Minute with Bill Federer "I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars," promised Franklin D. Roosevelt as he campaigned for a third term, October 30, 1940. FDR addressed Congress on Appropriations for National Defense, July 10, 1940: "I [...]

Preacher, Professor, Physician & Patriot

Preacher, Professor, Physician & Patriot

American Minute with Bill Federer A signer of the Constitution licensed to preach? This was Hugh Williamson, born DECEMBER 5, 1735. In 1754, he attended the newly formed school, College of Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania), and graduated in the school's first class. His father died five days later. Hugh Williamson taught [...]

Père Jacques Marquette’s faith

Père Jacques Marquette’s faith

American Minute with Bill Federer Père Jacques Marquette ("Père" is French for "Father") arrived in Quebec from France to be a missionary among the Indians. Frontenac, the Governor General of New France, commissioned Marquette to explore the unknown Mississippi River. In 1673, Marquette traveled with French explorer Louis Joliette by [...]

GREED and the GOSPEL

GREED and the GOSPEL

American Minute with Bill Federer GREED and the GOSPEL are two threads that run through the past 2,000 years. Those motivated by GREED: sold people into slavery; took land from Indians; hung signs "Help Wanted-No Irish Need Apply"; or were British East India Company merchants who imported opium into China; or incited racial tension [...]

Lincoln’s Second Annual Message

Lincoln’s Second Annual Message

American Minute with Bill Federer Prior to the Civil War, America was divided into 5 main categories: 1. The Radical Republican North that said slavery is wrong - end it now. 2. The Moderate Republican North that said slavery is wrong - transition out of it orderly over time. 3. The Practical Amoral Neutral that only cared about the [...]

Famous Days of Thanksgiving

Famous Days of Thanksgiving

American Minute with Bill Federer Ben Franklin wrote of the first Thanksgiving (The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, editors Mark & Jo Ann Skousen, Regnery, 2006, pp. 331-333): “There is a tradition that in the planting of New England, the first settlers met with many difficulties and hardships, as is generally the case [...]

Sojourner Truth died NOVEMBER 25, 1883

Sojourner Truth died NOVEMBER 25, 1883

American Minute with Bill Federer Born a slave in New York in 1797, she spoke only Dutch until sold around the age of 9, together with a flock of sheep, for $100. Suffering hardships, her third master made her marry an older slave with whom she had five children. In 1827, she escaped to Canada. After New York abolished slavery, she [...]

John Knox died NOVEMBER 24, 1572

John Knox died NOVEMBER 24, 1572

John Knox American Minute with Bill Federer Muslims conquered the Eastern Roman Empire, Syria, Palestine, Eastern Anatolia, Armenia, Upper Egypt, Lower Egypt and North Africa between 634-644AD. Muslim pirates blockaded trade across the Mediterranean. This caused a catastrophic drop in products shipped from the East to the West, [...]

Franklin Pierce born NOVEMBER 23, 1804

Franklin Pierce born NOVEMBER 23, 1804

American Minute with Bill Federer His only son, 11-year-old Bennie, was killed when their campaign train rolled off its tracks. This happened to 14th President Franklin Pierce, who was born NOVEMBER 23, 1804. Elected to Congress at age 29, Franklin Pierce was a Senator at 33. He resigned from Congress during the Mexican-American War [...]

America started out a Christian Nation

America started out a Christian Nation

American Minute with Bill Federer The longest serving member of the United States Congress was Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd from West Virginia, who was born NOVEMBER 20, 1917. Elected as a Democrat to Congress in 1953, and serving in the Senate from 1959-2010, he never lost an election. On June 27, 1962, just two days after the [...]

The Gettysburg Address – a reminder?

The Gettysburg Address – a reminder?

American Minute with Bill Federer NOVEMBER 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address where 50,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in a 3 day battle: "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created [...]

On this day – NOVEMBER 18th

On this day – NOVEMBER 18th

American Minute with Bill Federer Commenting on the "liberty to worship our Creator" Thomas Jefferson wrote to Captain John Thomas of the Newhope Baptist Church, NOVEMBER 18, 1807: "Among the most inestimable of our blessings is that... of liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable in His will; a liberty deemed in [...]

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