Slavery in Perspective: Past and Present

"Historical Saturday" Slavery Throughout History Egyptian Slavery All ancient civilizations engaged in the horrific practice of slavery. The primary source of slaves was war captives. Chattel slavery was accepted throughout the world for over 10,000 years. It was not until the abolitionist movement in America and Europe in the 18th Century that slavery became broadly … Continue reading Slavery in Perspective: Past and Present

“Founding Enemies” (Pt 2/4)- Patrick Henry versus James Madison

"Historical Saturday" Founding Fathers: Friends and Enemies We assume the founding fathers were lifelong friends and colleagues.  Nothing could be further from the truth.    Most people don’t realize that many of these founding fathers ended up as enemies. Patrick Henry Patrick Henry was a great orator. His rhetorical skills were impressive and persuasive.  His … Continue reading “Founding Enemies” (Pt 2/4)- Patrick Henry versus James Madison

“Founding Enemies” (Pt 1/4) – Thomas Paine versus George Washington

We assume that all Founders were life long friends. Wrong! The Founding Fathers were brilliant, outspoken men, with strong opinions. They disagreed on just about everything.  Not surprisingly, many of these men became "Founding Enemies." The Key Founding Fathers: How Many Can You Name? It was a miracle that these “demigods” (Jefferson’s description) came together … Continue reading “Founding Enemies” (Pt 1/4) – Thomas Paine versus George Washington

How Did the Founding Fathers Get Ice in Summer?

Famous Gadsby’s Tavern Gadsby's Tavern My wife and I recently visited Gadsby’s Tavern (1785-1792), a popular pub and inn in colonial Alexandria, Virginia. Famous patrons included George Washington, George Mason, John Carlyle, and Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee. Gadsby's Ice Well Gadsby’s Tavern needed ice for its patrons during the hot humid summers. So they … Continue reading How Did the Founding Fathers Get Ice in Summer?

“Fate of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence”–Fake History

The lives of the Founding Fathers and Mothers are inspiring. They were true heroes. We don't need to fabricate their stories to bolster their sacrifices or greatness. Decades ago, I came across a document entitled, “Fate of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.”  I thought I would include the inspirational patriotic article in my … Continue reading “Fate of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence”–Fake History

A Vietnamese Judge Reminds Us Americans “What We Have”

 In Honor of the Fourth of July I was privileged to be the mentor judge for Nho Nguyen, the first Vietnamese-American judge in the country. He is a living hero. A Living Hero In college, he protested the South Vietnam military dictatorship and led a student democratic movement. He risked his life to establish freedom … Continue reading A Vietnamese Judge Reminds Us Americans “What We Have”

Jewish Hero of the American Revolution: Haym Salomon

After he sacrificed everything for the success of the Revolution, his loyalty was maligned because he was a Jew. One little known hero of the American Revolution was Haym Salomon. He was a financial hero, who sacrificed everything for the cause of liberty. Revolutions and their armies cost money. The poor thirteen colonies were going … Continue reading Jewish Hero of the American Revolution: Haym Salomon

Anne Hutchinson -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 3/5)

Over 150 fifty years before the Bill of Rights, heroic men and women laid the foundation of religious freedom in America. These include Lord Baltimore Cecil Calvert, Roger Williams, William Penn, and Anne Hutchinson. Anne was one of the first American woman heroes. She was intelligent, independent, and strong. Unfortunately, these qualities in a woman … Continue reading Anne Hutchinson -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 3/5)

Religion in Colonial America: “Early Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 1/5)

Unbelievably, after 400 years, freedom of religion is still controversial in America. In the beginning, religious issues permeated colonial America. Members of various sects immigrated to the New World seeking a safe haven for worship.  Some of these religions flourished, some stagnated, some evolved, some fragmented, and some failed. Colonial Denominations Calvinists dominated early Massachusetts.  … Continue reading Religion in Colonial America: “Early Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 1/5)