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  • Three Cheers for 'Land of Hope': An American history textbook that you want your kids to learn from.

    10/04/2020 8:42:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/04/2020 | Bruce Bawer
    We are living through a year when the consequences of more than a generation of poor parenting and terrible education can be observed, in all their odiousness, in the streets of American cities. The young rioters, vandals, bullies, thugs, arsonists, and statue-topplers who pose as anti-fascists and racial-justice warriors do not just hate Confederate Civil War generals and certain specific institutions that, after sober and informed consideration, they have judged to be ethically inexcusable; they hate our country itself, and they hate its history, every bit of it, although they actually know next to nothing about either the country...
  • The Stakes of American History

    10/03/2020 7:43:12 PM PDT · by bitt · 5 replies
    americanmind.org ^ | larry arnn
    replying to Remarks by President Trump at the White House Conference on American History Who controls the past, controls the future. In this matter of history, freedom is at stake, but also our humanity is at stake. America having been made for humans, the nation is at stake too. In the novel 1984 (1949), the job of the protagonist Winston Smith is to rewrite history. He is one of thousands, likely millions, who rewrite every account of past things: every newspaper and magazine article; every book of every kind; anything written down they adjust to the changing desires of the...
  • DC task force targets monuments, prompting fierce blowback

    09/03/2020 9:47:32 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 32 replies
    AP ^ | 09 03 2020 | Staff
    A task force commissioned by the Washington, D.C., government has recommended renaming, relocating or adding context to dozens of monuments, schools, parks and buildings because of their namesakes' participation in slavery or racial oppression. Among the targets are the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial. Some of the proposals in the report released Tuesday are definite non-starters, as many of the most prominent monuments and statues stand on federal land, outside D.C. government control. Still, the recommendations have already prompted fierce reactions amid an ongoing national debate over America’s racial history. “As long as President Trump is in the White House,...
  • Poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, "Charge of the Light Brigade," Crimean War, & Russia's sale of Alaska - "Seward's Folly"

    08/07/2020 8:36:08 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 6, 2020 | Bill Federer
    Camelot and King Arthur's Court, Knights of the Round Table, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, and the search for the Holy Grail ... (The Holy Grail was Jesus' cup at the Last Supper.) Our imaginations soar with history and legend immortalized in "Idylls of the King," written 1859-85 by poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. Alfred Lord Tennyson embellished the medieval legend of the Lady of the Lake who gave the sword Excalibur to the courageous young King Arthur. Scenes of this were portrayed in Disney's 1963 animated musical fantasy movie, The Sword in the Stone. Born AUGUST 6, 1809, Alfred Lord...
  • John Eliot, "Praying Indians," King Philip's War, & a Wampanoag preacher, Rev. "Blind" Joe Amos

    08/07/2020 8:27:14 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 5, 2020 | Bill Federer
    Settlers in New England highlighted the conflict between self-preservation and the selfless sharing of the Gospel. Gospel-motivated settlers wanted to bless the native inhabitants, both physically and spiritually. Unfortunately, other settlers viewed natives as an unpredictable danger, as sometimes they would kidnap women and children, or steal from farms. In a larger sense, what both sides were experiencing was a colliding of civilizations. Europe, Asia, China, India, North Africa, and the Middle East, all had centuries of written languages, metal tools, scientific advancements, agricultural technologies, and powerful weapons. By comparison, natives of North America had a subsistence lifestyle. This was...
  • 75 Years Later, It’s Clear Truman Was Right To Drop The Atomic Bomb

    08/06/2020 10:18:12 AM PDT · by DFG · 47 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/06/2020 | Joshua Larson
    On August 6, 1945, 30-year-old U.S. Air Force pilot Col. Paul W. Tibbets Jr. took to the sky in the Enola Gay, his Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber. His destination, the Japanese city of Hiroshima, was not an especially notable target. His payload, however, a single bomb nicknamed “Little Boy,” would change the course of history. True watershed moments in history are rare — the agricultural revolution is one such example, as was the Battle of Salamis, the advent of Jesus Christ, and the fall of Western Rome. Yet in the last 1,500 years, no two distinct epochs of time...
  • "AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN" -Origins of U.S. Navy, Marines, & Coast Guard "We'll carry on 'til Kingdom Come, Ideals for which we've died"

    08/05/2020 3:15:50 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 4, 2020 | Bill Federer
    In June of 1775, citizens acting as merchant mariners captured the British schooner HMS Margaretta around Machias, Massachusetts (present-day Maine). That same month, General George Washington, with the help of merchant ship owner Colonel John Glover of Marblehead, Massachusetts, chartered and outfitted several ships to interrupt the British supplies. The marker at the base of John Glover's statue in Boston states: "John Glover of Marblehead - A Soldier of the Revolution. He commanded a regiment of one thousand men raised in that town known as the marine regiment, and enlisted to serve throughout the war. He joined the camp at...
  • Who's to blame for Columbus setting sail anyway? Why did he travel West to go East? (What blocked the ancient land routes to India & China?)

    08/04/2020 7:42:03 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 24 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 3, 2020 | Bill Federer
    Columbus set sail on his first voyage AUGUST 3, 1492, with the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria. He explained how the Spanish monarchs approved his plan: "... And ordained that I should not go by land (the usual way) to the Orient (East), but by the route of the Occident (West), by which no one to this day knows for sure that anyone has gone." Why did he seek to find a sea route to India and China? Because 40 years earlier Islamic Ottoman Turks closed off the land routes. The background to Columbus' voyage goes back to the...
  • World War II in the Pacific, ramming of PT-109, & JFK on Religious Freedom, Israel, & Faith in God

    08/02/2020 6:44:19 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 52 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 2, 2020 | Bill Federer
    The South Pacific had many major battles during World War II: Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, Wake Island, Dec. 7-23, 1941, Doolittle Raid, April 18, 1942, Coral Sea, May 4-8, 1942, Midway, June 4-7, 1942, Guadalcanal campaign, Aug. 7, 1942-Feb. 9, 1943, Gilbert & Marshall Islands campaign, 1943–44: Makin Island, Aug. 17-18, 1942, Tarawa, Nov. 20, 1943, Makin, Nov. 20-23, 1943, Kwajalein, Feb. 14, 1944, Eniwetok, Feb. 17, 1944, Truk Island, Feb. 17-18, 1944,  Mariana & Palau Islands campaign 1944: Saipan, June 16, 1944, Philippine Sea, June 19-20, 1944, Guam, July 21, 1944, Tinian, July 24, 1944, Peleliu, Sept....
  • Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick, 1851, and how a Hawaiian Missionary saved an American sailor from cannibals

    08/02/2020 6:32:31 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 41 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 1, 2020 | Bill Federer
    "There she blows!" cried the lookout, sighting the great white whale, Moby Dick. The classic book, Moby Dick, was written by New England author Herman Melville, published in 1851. In the novel, Captain Ahab, driven by revenge, sailed the seas to capture this great white whale who had bitten off his leg in a previous encounter. The crew of Captain Ahab's ship, the Pequod, included: Ishmael, the teller of the tale, which begins the line: "Call me Ishmael"-the name of Abraham's son who was sent away; Chief Mate Starbuck, a Quaker from Nantucket, for whom the Seattle-based coffee franchise took...
  • “Cast Down Your Bucket Where You Are” - Booker T. Washington's famous Racial Reconciliation Speech; citing a ship stranded in the dangerous "doldrums"

    08/02/2020 6:22:07 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 31, 2020 | Bill Federer
    On the third of his four voyages, Columbus sailed south along the west coast of Africa before heading west across the Atlantic Ocean . There he was caught in the "doldrums," a dangerous condition near the equator, called the "horse latitudes," where there is intense heat and no wind. The origin of the term "horse latitudes" came later, when ships sailing to the New World were stranded in the "doldrums" for weeks. As they baked in the sun, they ran out of fresh drinking water. Sailors reportedly pushed overboard the horses they were transporting as the ocean salt water they...
  • William Penn's Holy Experiment "The Seed of a Nation": A Real Example of Tolerance & Equality

    08/02/2020 4:16:40 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 30, 2020 | Bill Federer
    King Charles II and the British passed the Conventicle Act of 1664, making it illegal to hold church meetings of over five people. It prohibited "... more than five persons in addition to members of the family, for any religious purpose not according to the rules of the Church of England." The word "conventicle" is derived from the word "convenant" and referred to gatherings of church members according to Jesus' promise in Matthew 18:20, "Where two or three are met together in my name." The English Book of Canon Law, Article 11, stated: "All conventicles and secret meetings ... have...
  • Tocqueville: on Christianity in America, Islam in Algeria, & the "despotism" of an "all powerful government" when citizens "debase" their souls with "vulgar pleasures"

    08/02/2020 4:00:11 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 29, 2020 | Bill Federer
    Alexis de Tocqueville was born JULY 29, 1805. A French social scientist, he traveled the United States in 1831, and wrote a two-part work, Democracy in America (1835; 1840), which has been described as: "the most comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the relationship between character and society in America that has ever been written." In it, Tocqueville wrote: "Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things,...
  • Race Politics: LBJ's BIG SWITCH from INTIMIDATION to ENTITLEMENT to control minority voters

    08/02/2020 3:42:50 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 28, 2020 | Bill Federer
    In 1857, the Supreme Court, with 7 of the 9 Justices being Democrat, decided that Dred Scott was not a citizen, but property. Chief Justice Roger Taney was appointed by the first Democrat President, Andrew Jackson. Taney wrote in his Dred Scott decision that slaves were "so far inferior ... that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for their own benefit." Abraham Lincoln rejected this. He did not believe in "stare decisis" - that he had to honor the precedent of the Dred Scott decision, stating June 28, 1857: "We think the Dred Scott decision is...
  • Socialism/Communism v Democracy/Capitalism: Korean War "Freedom is Not Free"

    08/02/2020 3:31:53 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 27, 2020 | Bill Federer
    "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE" is the inscription on the Korean War Memoria l in Washington, D.C. The Korean War started June 25, 1950. Communist North Korea invaded South Korea, killing thousands. Outnumbered South Korean and American troops, as part of a U.N. police action, fought courageously against the Communist Chinese and North Korean troops, who were supplied with arms and MIG fighters from the Soviet Union. Five-star General Douglas MacArthur was Supreme U.N. Commander, leading the United Nations Command from 1950 to 1951. MacArthur made a daring landing of troops at Inchon, deep behind North Korean lines, and recaptured the...
  • Tennessee Heritage & Faith

    08/02/2020 3:21:16 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 24, 2020 | Bill Federer
    Spanish Explorers Hernando de Soto, in 1540, and Juan Pardo, in 1567, traveled inland from North America's eastern coast and passed through a Native American village named "Tanasqui." A century and a half later, British traders encountered a Cherokee town named Tanasi. After the Revolutionary War, attempts were made to turn the area into the "State of Franklin" in honor of Ben Franklin. At the State's Constitutional Convention, it is said General Andrew Jackson suggested the Indian name "Tennessee." So far, citizens of Tennessee have resisted the "deconstruction" movement's attempt to erase acknowledgements of native American Indian history, including the...
  • Roger Sherman, & the importance of gold & silver

    08/02/2020 3:07:32 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 23, 2020 | Bill Federer
    He was the only person to sign all four of these America's founding documents: Articles of Association, 1774; Declaration of Independence, 1776; Articles of Confederation, 1777; U.S. Constitution, 1787. Who was he? Roger Sherman. At age 19, Roger Sherman's father died and he supported his family as a shoe cobbler, helping his two younger brothers to attend college and become clergymen. Roger Sherman was a surveyor and merchant, but when a neighbor needed legal advice, he studied to help, only to be inspired to become a lawyer. Sherman was elected a state senator, a judge and a delegate to the...
  • Carl Sandburg, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet: "When a nation goes down ... one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from"

    08/02/2020 2:57:59 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 22, 2020 | Bill Federer
    "I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision," stated poet Carl Sandburg in an interview with Frederick Van Ryn of This Week Magazine (January 4, 1953, p. 11.) Carl Sandburg was born on January 6, 1878, to Swedish immigrants who worked on the railroad. After 8th grade, Carl Sandburg left school, borrowed his father's railroad pass,...
  • Evolution's Inherent Racism defended by Clarence Darrow: The Monkey Trial & William Jennings Bryan

    08/02/2020 2:48:45 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 21, 2020 | Bill Federer
    The Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925 pitted EVOLUTION against CREATION. Clarence Darrow was the attorney who defended EVOLUTION. Darrow had previously defended Leopold and Loeb, the teenage homosexual thrill killers who murdered 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks in 1924 just for the excitement. Darrow obtained a pardon for antifa-type anarchists in 1886 who blew up a pipe bomb in Chicago's Haymarket, Square, killing 7 policemen and injured 60 others. A Haymarket Statue was dedicated to the fallen policemen. The policemen's Haymarket Statue was blown up by the socialist anarchist group Weather Underground on October 6, 1969, prior to the "Days of...
  • Apollo 11 Moon Landing & Communion on the Moon

    08/02/2020 2:40:41 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 39 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 20, 2020 | Bill Federer
    "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," stated Astronaut Neil Armstrong, JULY 20, 1969, as he became the f irst man to walk on the moon, almost 238,900 miles away from the Earth. The second man on the moon was Colonel Buzz Aldrin, who described it as "magnificent desolation." Aldrin earned a Ph.D. from M.I.T. and helped develop the technology necessary for the mission, especially the complicated lunar module rendezvous with the command module. Buzz Aldrin's popularity was the inspiration for the character "Buzz Lightyear" in Pixar's animated movie Toy Story (1995). Buzz Aldrin shared a...