Four Lesser Known Founding Mother Heroes: “Remember the Ladies”

Most histories of America’s founding were written by men, so it is little wonder that the great and vital contributions of the women are often neglected.  Memorial to Margaret Corbin in West Point Cemetery. In her most famous letter to her husband, Abigail Adams pleaded for the founding fathers to “remember the ladies.”  In addition … Continue reading Four Lesser Known Founding Mother Heroes: “Remember the Ladies”

In Honor of Veteran’s Day: “Who is ‘O’Hare’ of Chicago O’Hare International Airport?”

In Honor of Veterans Day (11 am, 11th day, 11th month. 11-11-11) Airports are named after famous people.  I know about the namesakes of John Wayne and Ronald Reagan Airports, but who is O’Hare? I pondered this when I was stuck at that massive crowded airport. WWII Navy Fighter Pilot Chicago International Airport is named … Continue reading In Honor of Veteran’s Day: “Who is ‘O’Hare’ of Chicago O’Hare International Airport?”

The Bald Eagle and the Great Seal

Things I had to unlearn I am frustrated by how many things I have had to unlearn over the years. There is so much information that I thought was true, but was not.  For example, I mislearned in elementary school that honest George Washington confessed to chopping down the family cherry tree. I mislearned in college … Continue reading The Bald Eagle and the Great Seal

Benedict Arnold: From American War Hero to Traitor to Enemy

  The Native American Indians tell the tale of a tribal elder teaching his grandson: “There are two wolves inside every person, one good and one evil. They are constantly fighting for dominance, to see which one will win. Grandson, which wolf will win.”  “I don’t know grandfather.”  “The one you feed.”  That is the story … Continue reading Benedict Arnold: From American War Hero to Traitor to Enemy

Miracle at Saratoga

 The founding fathers and mothers recognized the victory at Saratoga as a turning point in the Revolutionary War. They considered this miraculous victory as further evidence of Divine Providence.  One of the most important victories of the entire war was the famous Battle of Saratoga in October 1777.  This battle was pivotal to the success … Continue reading Miracle at Saratoga

The Colorful Dolley Madison

In 1794, at age 43, the shy, awkward, small and sickly James Madison, “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” was still single. James was friends with Aaron Burr, who introduced Madison to a 26-year-old widow, Dolley Payne Todd.  Dolley’s husband, and one of her two sons, had recently died from yellow fever on … Continue reading The Colorful Dolley Madison

Amazing Women Continental Army Camp Followers

We regularly remember and honor the founding fathers.  But what about the founding mothers? One reason for our neglect is that most histories are written by and for men.     We recognize Betsy Ross for her “womanly sewing skills,” but why isn’t there a “Mother of the Country.” Why isn’t there a “Mother of the Revolution?”   The … Continue reading Amazing Women Continental Army Camp Followers

Miraculous Retreat from the Battle of Cowpens

The founding fathers and mothers were convinced that victory over the invincible British Empire was the result of Divine Providence. (See Blog Post: “The Divine Birth of the American Nation.) One of the miracles they cite is the successful retreat from the famous Battle of Cowpens.  On January 17, 1781, General Daniel Morgan and the Americans … Continue reading Miraculous Retreat from the Battle of Cowpens

Miraculous Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

The founding fathers and mothers were convinced that victory over the British Empire was the result of Divine Providence. (See Blog Post: “The Divine Birth of the American Nation.") One of the miracles they cite is the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. The famous fort at Ticonderoga was strategically placed along Lake Champlain.  There, it controlled … Continue reading Miraculous Capture of Fort Ticonderoga