Mountain men: Heroes of the untamed West

by Bill Federer -- John Colter accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition, 1804-1806. Colter then traveled the mountain wilderness alone for months, being considered the first "mountain man." In 1807, Colter more…

Why the Constitution can never be 'outdated'

by Bill Federer -- At a time when most of the world was ruled by kings, Americans held its first popularly elected legislative assembly. Jamestown was initially a "company colony," run by more…

Is religious freedom threatened in the U.S.?

by Bill Federer -- June 20, 1632, King Charles I of England granted a charter for the Colony of Maryland, named for his Catholic wife, Queen Henrietta Maria, stating: "Charles, by the more…

War of 1812: When Britain ticked off America

by Bill Federer -- The French Revolution had left that country in chaos. Twenty-six-year-old Napoleon fired cannons down the streets of Paris, mowing down French citizens in the 13 Vendémiaire revolt, 1795. more…

The Revolutionary War's forgotten carnage

by Bill Federer -- "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!" commanded Colonel William Prescott, repeating the order of General Israel Putnam, June 17, 1775. Colonel William Prescott's men more…

Why a scientist believes in God

by Bill Federer -- The "Father of Modern Space Flight" was Wernher von Braun. He acknowledged his debt to the "Father of Modern Rocketry," American scientist Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945): "Goddard's rockets more…

Without fathers, does freedom die?

by Bill Federer -- The first formal "Father's Day" was celebrated June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd heard a church sermon on the newly established Mother's Day and more…

How did tale of Robin Hood
impact United States?

by Bill Federer -- England was invaded by "Dane" Vikings from Scandinavia who destroyed churches, libraries and defeated all opposition except for 23-year-old King Alfred. Forced into the swampy, tidal marshes of more…