“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

In Honor of Veteran’s Day: President James Madison and the Little Known War of 1812

(Veterans Day: 11/11/11. 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month - 11:00 am, November 11th, end of World War I) The Buildup to War: Kidnapping Our Sailors In their war with each other, both France and England started interfering with American shipping. Fighting against Napoleon’s navy, Britain suffered a shortage of sailors. The British started boarding American ships … Continue reading In Honor of Veteran’s Day: President James Madison and the Little Known War of 1812

Ingenious James Madison and the Birth of the Constitution

There is a serious lack of education and understanding about the inspiring founding of the United States. Most American's don't even know that James Madison is the "Father of the Constitution" and "Father of the Bill of Rights." Thomas Jefferson, the "Father of the Declaration of Independence," proclaimed: "If a nation expects to be ignorant … Continue reading Ingenious James Madison and the Birth of the Constitution

Washington’s Wooden Teeth and Other Myths

Cherry Tree Myth My elementary school teachers taught me the story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree.  I was inspired by boy George’s honesty. Then, I learned in high school that this inspiring example of honesty was false. Ironic! It was just a myth or legend to inspire honesty.  (Learning this about my hero was … Continue reading Washington’s Wooden Teeth and Other Myths

George Washington’s Divine Protection

The Founding Fathers and Mothers believed that George Washington was protected by "Providence" because he had a divine destiny. (Perhaps, each of us has a divine destiny.)  George Washington dodged death so many times that his survival is miraculous. He repeatedly acknowledged “Divine Providence” for his personal survival and for the success of the American … Continue reading George Washington’s Divine Protection

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

George Washington Spymaster

Most people are unaware that George Washington was a brilliant spymaster. In fact, he was probably a better spymaster than general. He knew the value of information and misinformation. In secret communications, he was identified as “Agent 711.”  Washington supervised several spy networks throughout the colonies. For security reasons, he broke the networks down into small … Continue reading George Washington Spymaster