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  • How the Myth of the 'Robber Barons' Began—and Why It Persists

    09/14/2019 9:38:24 AM PDT · by TBP · 39 replies
    The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) ^ | Friday, September 21, 2018 | Burton W. Folsom
    We study history to learn from it. If we can discover what worked and what didn’t work, we can use this knowledge wisely to create a better future. Studying the triumph of American industry, for example, is important because it is the story of how the United States became the world’s leading economic power. Free markets worked well; government intervention usually failed. The years when this happened, from 1865 to the early 1900s, saw the U.S. encourage entrepreneurs indirectly by limiting government. Slavery was abolished and so was the income tax. Federal spending was slashed and federal budgets had surpluses...
  • The Fall of Rome - Are There Lessons We Can Learn?

    09/04/2019 1:32:23 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    American Minute ^ | September 04, 2019 | Bill Federer
    GREAT WALL OF CHINA By 220AD, the Later Eastern Han Dynasty had extended sections of the Great Wall of China along its Mongolian border. This resulted in the Northern Huns attacking west instead of east. This caused a domino effect of displaced tribes migrating west across Central Asia, and overrunning the Western Roman Empire. OPEN BORDERS Illegal immigrants poured across the Roman borders: Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Franks, Anglos, Saxons, Alemanni, Thuringians, Rugians, Jutes, Picts, Burgundians, Lombards, Alans, Vandals, as well as African Berbers and Arab raiders. Will and Ariel Durant wrote in The Story of Civilization (Vol. 3-Caesar and Christ, Simon...
  • Pearl Harbor to Calvary: Dangerous Pacific War & the Life-changing Power of the Gospel

    09/04/2019 1:12:31 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    American Minute ^ | September 03, 2019 | Bill Federer
    Imperial Japan's emperor claimed to be an incarnate divinity who was to be obeyed completely. It was forbidden for his subjects to criticize him. The Imperial Japanese Empire he inherited grew into one of the largest maritime empires in history, becoming the 3rd largest naval power and having the 9th largest economy in the world. In 1910, Imperial Japan annexed Korea, and in 1918 took control of Russian ports in Siberia. In 1937, Imperial Japan's Army killed an estimated 200,000 in Nanking, China. In 1941, over 3,000 Americans died when Imperial Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. In 1942, over 20,000 Americans...
  • Labor Day, Railroad Strike & Socialist Eugene Debs

    09/04/2019 1:03:11 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    American Minute ^ | September 02, 2019 | Bill Federer
    LABOR DAY To appreciate it, one needs to know the history preceding it. At the time the United States was founded, most people were farmers or worked in trades, such as blacksmiths, cobblers, bakers, upholsterers, etc. Then, the Industrial Revolution began when the Scottish inventor James Watt developed a steam engine to pump water out of coal mines. Steam and water were soon harnessed in the early 19th century to power pumps, railroads, ships, and factories, which mass produced products, such as textiles. This led to the creation of factories which could mass produce items inexpensively. Originally, there was no...
  • First Prayer in Congress, September 1774, "The Establishment Clause must be interpreted (TR)

    09/04/2019 12:53:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    American Minute ^ | September 01, 2019 | Bill Federer
    First Prayer in Congress, September 1774, "The Establishment Clause must be interpreted by reference to historical practices & understandings"-Supreme Court, Galloway "It was enough to melt a heart of stone," remarked John Adams after the First Prayer in Congress. The First Session of the First Continental Congress opened in September of 1774 with a prayer in Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia. America was being threatened by the most powerful monarch in the world, Britain's King George III. On September 7, 1774, as the Congress began, the founding fathers listened to Rev. Jacob Duche' read Psalm 35, which was the "Psalter" for the...
  • John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" - "The monster was hideous to behold...scales...wings like a (TR)

    09/04/2019 12:41:59 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 31, 2019 | Bill Federer
    John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" - "The monster was hideous to behold...scales...wings like a dragon, feet like a bear...out of his belly came fire & smoke" What would it be like to be imprisoned for 12 years just for preaching the Gospel without a license from the government? This was the fate of John Bunyan, author of the world renown book Pilgrim's Progress. John Bunyan was born in Bedford, England, in 1628, nearly a century before the Europe's Age of Enlightenment. He worked as a poor, unskilled tinker by trade. In 1644, at the age of 16, Bunyan joined the Puritan...
  • Spies, Traitors, Leaks, Betrayal: America's "Enemies Foreign & Domestic"

    09/04/2019 12:27:22 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 30, 2019 | Bill Federer
    The oath of military enlistment states: "I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Who were some of the most famous "domestic" enemies? In July of 1775, General Washington appointed Dr. Benjamin Church as the first surgeon general of the Continental Army. Three months later, Washington discovered Dr. Benjamin Church had been spying for the British. He wrote coded messages of the Continental Army's plans and leaked them to British officer, Major Crane . When Dr. Church was exposed as the leaker, Washington...
  • Human migration, hunter-gatherers to agriculture, & 8 different Indian policies over 500 years

    09/04/2019 12:16:02 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 29, 2019 | Bill Federer
    The Pulitzer Prize winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, written by Jared Diamond (1997), documented that throughout human history, hunter-gathers were always subdued by people groups who had transitioned to agriculture. The first plants to be cultivated were: wheat, barley, rye, oats, lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans, almonds, and olives. Flax was cultivated as a source for linseed oil and fiber for clothes, ropes, rugs, bedding, curtains, and sails. Agricultural domestication of plants led to the domestication of animals, such as: donkey, horse, camel, pig, chicken, cattle and oxen. Harvests led to storage techniques, methods of...
  • Lewis and Clark - Stop celebrating. They don't matter.

    08/18/2002 9:13:59 AM PDT · by Larry Lucido · 46 replies · 609+ views
    Slate, via MSN ^ | August 16, 2002 | David Plotz
    Lewis and Clark Stop celebrating. They don't matter. By David Plotz Posted Friday, August 16, 2002, at 7:40 AM PT The American infatuation with Lewis and Clark grows more fervent with every passing year. The adventurers have become our Extreme Founding Fathers, as essential to American history as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson but a lot more fun. Last month, President Bush announced the Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration, a three-year, 15-state pageant that begins Jan. 18 in Virginia and could draw as many as 25 million tourists to the Lewis and Clark trail by the time it wraps up...
  • Beginning of US Slavery

    08/28/2019 3:13:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | August 28, 2019 | Wqlter E. Williams
    The New York Times has begun a major initiative, the "1619 Project," to observe the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe American history so that slavery and the contributions of black Americans explain who we are as a nation. Nikole Hannah-Jones, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine wrote the lead article, "America Wasn't a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One." She writes, "Without the idealistic, strenuous and patriotic efforts of black Americans, our democracy today would most likely look very different -- it might not be a democracy at all." There...
  • Women can Vote: History, Manipulation, & Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance!

    08/27/2019 12:12:35 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 26, 2019 | Bill Federer
    Six thousands years of humans writing down history reveal that the most common form of government has been a monarchy. The most powerful monarchy the world had ever seen was the globalist British monarchy. The British Empire at it zenith controlled 13 million square miles - almost a quarter of the Earth's land, and nearly half billion people - one-fifth of the world's population. In the British Empire, the most important "vote" was that of the King. King James explained March 21, 1609: "Kings are justly called gods ... they have power of raising and casting down: of life and...
  • Faith of Famous Astronomers, one being a church organist who discovered a planet - Wm. Herschel (TR)

    08/27/2019 12:01:34 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 25, 2019 | Bill Federer
    Faith of Famous Astronomers, one being a church organist who discovered a planet - Sir William Herschel Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), made a major contribution to the scientific revolution by discovering that the planets did not revolve around the Earth (geocentric), but instead the Earth, as well as all the other planets in the solar system, revolved around the Sun (heliocentric). Copernicus, who had a doctorate in cannon church law, wrote: "The Universe, wrought for us by a supremely good and orderly Creator." Copernicus wrote: "To know the mighty works of God, to comprehend His wisdom and majesty and...
  • History of Writing & Printing: Victor Hugo on Gutenberg's Press, "The Invention of Printing (TR)

    08/27/2019 11:42:32 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 24, 2019 | Bill Federer
    HISTORY OF WRITING The invention of "writing" was around 3300 BC. Richard Overy, editor of The Times Complete History of the World, stated in "The 50 Key Dates of World History" (October 19, 2007): "No date appears before the start of human civilizations about 5,500 years ago and the beginning of a written or pictorial history." Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson stated in the Cosmos TV series (2014,, episode 10, "The Immortals"): "It was the people who once lived here, around 5,000 years ago, who first started chopping up time into smaller bite-size portions of hours and minutes. They call...
  • Capt. James Lawrence "Don't Give Up the Ship!" Capt. Oliver Hazard Perry "We have met the enemy (TR)

    08/27/2019 11:22:32 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 23, 2019 | Bill Federer
    Capt. James Lawrence "Don't Give Up the Ship!" & Captain Oliver Hazard Perry "We have met the enemy, and they are ours!" Among the many U.S. Navy and Marine heroes confronting Tripoli's Muslim Barbary pirates was Captain James Lawrence. In 1804, Captain Lawrence was second-in-command, under Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, of an expedition to destroy the captured 36-gun frigate USS Philadelphia held in Tripoli's harbor. It had run aground on an uncharted sandbar. Muslim pirates captured it and were preparing to use it for piracy. James Lawrence also commanded the USS Enterprise which fought battles with the Tripolitan Corsairs along the...
  • FDR "Freedom over Oppression" (Christian religion over forces of evil" FDR, Schwarzkopf, Boykin)

    08/27/2019 11:07:35 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 22, 2019 | Bill Federer
    "Inevitable victory of freedom over oppression, of Christian religion over the forces of evil" - Franklin D. Roosevelt. Courageous people of faith have always faced challenges. This was acknowledged by President Franklin Roosevelt regarding settlers along the Mississippi. Between 1699 and 1760, in the Louisiana Territory, the French founded 5 major settlements on the east side of the Mississippi River (in present-day Illinois): Cahokia, Kaskaskia, Fort de Chartres, Saint Philippe, Prairie du Rocher; and one settlement on the west side, Ste. Genevieve (in present-day Missouri.) On August 22, 1935, President Roosevelt greeted by telephone the Bi-Centennial Celebration of Sainte Genevieve,...
  • America great? "It is the BEST form of government which has EVER been offered to the world" (TR)

    08/21/2019 7:22:32 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 21, 2019 | Bill Federer
    America great? Justice James Wilson "It is the BEST form of government which has EVER been offered to the WORLD" He was one of six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. President Washington appointed him to be a Justice on the Supreme Court. His name was James Wilson. Born in Scotland, James Wilson was one of the first to argue against British dominance. In 1774, James Wilson wrote "Considerations on the Nature and Extent of the Legislative Authority of the British Parliament," reasoning that since the colonies had no representation in Parliament, the Parliament...
  • 300,000 miles on horseback -Francis Asbury, Circuit Riding Preacher "one of the builders of (TR)

    08/20/2019 8:01:08 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 20, 2019 | Bill Federer
    300,000 miles on horseback -Francis Asbury, Circuit Riding Preacher "one of the builders of our nation" The King of England was the head of the Anglican Church from the time of Henry VIII. Beginning in 1535, all English subjects, including those in English colonies, were required to the Oath of Supremacy: "I (state your name) do utterly testify and declare in my Conscience, that the King's Highness is the only Supreme Governor of this Realm ... in all Spiritual or Eclesiastical things ... So help me God." For most of England's history from 1535 to 1829, not to take the...
  • Who signed the Defense of Marriage Act? A Liberal who is Conservative by today's standards!

    08/19/2019 12:30:23 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 19, 2019 | Bill Federer
    "Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!" wrote Sir Walter Scott in his poem "In Marmion" (1808, canto VI, stanza XVII). On AUGUST 19, 1785, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Peter Carr: "He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions." The Greek philosopher...
  • "Liberty lies in the hearts of men & women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no (TR)

    08/19/2019 12:13:35 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 18, 2019 | Bill Federer
    "Liberty lies in the hearts of men & women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it."-Judge Learned Hand "A conservative among liberals, and a liberal among conservatives," he was not consistently conservative enough for Republican President Warren G. Harding and he was not consistently liberal enough for Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt. As a result, he was passed over several times to be a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. His name was Learned Hand, who served as a judge for over 50 years, first on New York's District Court, then...
  • U.S. Military & Commanders-in-Chief: Role of Biblical Faith in America's Armed Forces

    08/19/2019 12:03:53 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 17, 2019 | Bill Federer
    Yale President Ezra Stiles addressed Connecticut's General Assembly, May 8, 1783, regarding General George Washington being chosen to command the Continental Army: "The memorable battle of Bunker Hill. (June 17, 1775) ... convinced us ... that Americans both would and could fight with great effect. ... Whereupon Congress put at the head of this spirited army, the only man (George Washington), on whom the eyes of all Israel were placed ... This American JOSHUA was raised up by God, and divinely formed by a peculiar influence of the Sovereign of the Universe, for the great work of leading the armies...