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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

August 19, 2018 by


American Minute By William J Federer ~ English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge described a ship caught in the doldrums in his lyrical poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,”1798. A ship was lost in the ice of Antarctica, but was providentially led out of it by a larger sea-bird, an albatross. Disregarding its help, the captain shot the albatross, and brought a curse […]

“Wherefore is all this evil upon us? Is it not because we have forsaken the Lord?” -Harvard President Samuel Langdon, 1775

September 15, 2014 by


American Minute with Bill Federer  ~ Son of a butcher, his family died when a plague swept England, leaving him an estate. He attended Emmanuel College, was ordained, married and sailed for Massachusetts where he pastored the First Church of Charlestown. At age 31, he died of tuberculosis on SEPTEMBER 14, 1638. His name was […]

DEC. 24 – CHRISTMAS EVE – Columbus, Cook and President Truman

December 24, 2013 by


American Minute with Bill Federer ~ On Christmas Eve, DECEMBER 24, 1492, Columbus’ ship, the Santa Maria, ran aground on the island of Haiti. Columbus left 40 men and named the settlement la Navidad, promising to return the next year. On Christmas Eve, DECEMBER 24, 1777, Captain James Cook discovered Christmas Island, the largest atoll […]

John Quincy Adams, President and Congressman

February 22, 2011 by


American Minute with Bill Federer On FEBRUARY 21, 1848, John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke at his desk in the House chamber, shortly after making an impassioned speech against the Democrat plan of extending slavery to the Western territories won in the Mexican-American War. He died 2 days later without regaining consciousness. A bronze marker […]

American Minute – Morocco Pirates aka Muslim Terrorists

February 16, 2011 by


American Minute for February 16th: Muslim pirates of Morocco capture Pilgrim ship By Bill Federer “The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco,” stated President Obama in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009. Explaining this, Governor William Bradford wrote that in 1625, a Pilgrim ship was returning to England with dried fish and 800 lbs […]

Mosque of Conquest?

August 29, 2010 by


Exclusive: William Federer shares many examples from Islam’s history of subjugation Muslim groups are proposing a 13-story $100 million mosque in the most prominent spot in America – the heart of downtown New York City near the World Trade Center site. Is this mosque a sign of America’s tolerance, or is it a sign of […]

Bill of Rights, ratified

December 15, 2009 by


American Minute with Bill Federer Newly independent, the thirteen States were concerned their new government may become too powerful, as King George’s was. They insisted handcuffs be place on the power of the Federal Government. We call these the First Ten Amendments or Bill of Rights, ratified DECEMBER 15, 1791. The First states: “Congress shall […]

George Washington died 1799

December 14, 2009 by


American Minute with Bill Federer He caught a chill riding horseback several hours in the snow while inspecting his Mount Vernon farm. The next morning it developed into acute laryngitis and the doctors were called in. Their response was to bleed him heavily four times, a process of cutting one’s arm to let the “bad […]

Cuba, Philippines and Spanish-American War

December 10, 2009 by


American Minute By Bill Federer After slavery ended in the U.S., President Grant spoke to Congress, December 1, 1873, of “several thousand persons illegally held as slaves in Cuba…by the slaveholders of Havana, who are vainly striving to stay the march of ideas which has terminated slavery in Christendom, Cuba only excepted.” In February 1898, […]

Fiddler on the Roof

December 9, 2009 by


American Minute By Bill Federer The Play, “Fiddler on the Roof,” tells the story recounted by President Benjamin Harrison on DECEMBER 9, 1891: “This Government has found occasion to express…to the Government of the Czar its serious concern because of the harsh measures now being enforced against the Hebrews in Russia. By the revival of […]

Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2009 by


American Minute By Bill Federer “DECEMBER 7, 1941- a date which will live in infamy- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” Thus spoke President Franklin D. Roosevelt following the attack on Pearl Harbor by over 350 Japanese aircraft. Five American battleships […]

Saint Nicholas

December 6, 2009 by


American Minute By William J. Federer Greek Orthodox history tells of Nicholas being born to a wealthy, elderly couple in what is now Turkey in the year 280 AD. When his parents died, he generously gave to the poor. Upon hearing a merchant had gone bankrupt and that creditors were planning on taking the merchant’s […]

Signer of the Constitution licensed to preach?

December 5, 2009 by


American Minute By William J. Federer A signer of the Constitution licensed to preach? This was Hugh Williamson, delegate from North Carolina, born DECEMBER 5, 1735. At age 24 he studied theology in Connecticut, was admitted to the Presbytery of Philadelphia and preached two years, visiting and praying for the sick, till a chronic chest […]

Father Jacques Marquette

December 4, 2009 by


American Minute By William J. Federer Father Jacques Marquette arrived in Quebec from France to be a missionary among the Indians. Governor Frontenac commissioned him to explore the unknown Mississippi River. In 1673, he traveled with explorer Louis Joliette by canoe from Lake Michigan, across Green Bay, up Fox River to the Wisconsin River and […]

Jefferson’s Indian Treaties

December 3, 2009 by


American Minute By William J. Federer President Thomas Jefferson, author of the phrase “Separation of Church and State,” asked Congress to ratify a treaty with the Kaskaskia Indians, which they did DECEMBER 3, 1803. Negotiated shortly after the Louisiana Purchase by future President William Henry Harrison, the Kaskaskia Indian Treaty stated: “And whereas the greater […]

Cortez in Mexico

December 2, 2009 by


By Bill Federer A thirty-three year old conquistador landed in Mexico with five hundred men. He was shocked to find the Aztecs taking prisoners of the weaker tribes, ripping their hearts out atop temples, and in a frenzy eating their bodies. With help from other tribes, the conquistador fought the Aztecs, freed prisoners, knocked down […]

Lincoln “nobly save -or meanly lose- the last, best hope of earth”

December 1, 2009 by


By Bill Federer The Confederates won the Second Battle of Bull Run, crossed the Potomac River into Maryland and captured Harper’s Ferry. But the Confederate drive was halted at the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day of fighting in American history. In total, over a half million lost their lives in the Civil War. Abraham […]

Mark Twain

November 30, 2009 by


American Minute By William J. Federer “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was his first popular story, written while in San Francisco. He then sailed to the Holy Land and wrote Innocents Abroad. While on this trip, he saw the picture of his friend’s sister, Olivia Langdon of Elmira, New York, and he fell […]

WWI, Chemist Dr. Chaim Weizmann and Israel

November 27, 2009 by


American Minute with Bill Federer During World War I, Britain was ineffective manufacturing explosives, until a breakthrough in synthesizing acetone was made by Jewish chemist Dr. Chaim Weizmann, who was born NOVEMBER 27, 1874. In gratitude, Britain issued the Balfour Declaration, establishing a Jewish homeland. President Woodrow Wilson wrote to Rabbi Stephen Wise, 1918: “I […]

American Minute – The United Nations

October 26, 2009 by


By William J Federer Created to prevent future wars, the United Nations, a name coined by Franklin Roosevelt, officially began OCTOBER 24, 1945. Since then there have been over 100 million casualties in nearly 150 wars: 5 in Central Asia, 11 in South Asia, 20 in Southeast Asia, 13 in Eastern Europe, 23 in the […]

American Minute – Ballad Of The French Fleet

October 16, 2009 by


By William J Federer In 1746, French Duke of d’Anville sailed for New England, commanding the most powerful fleet of the time – 70 ships with 13,000 troops. He intended to recapture Louisburg, Nova Scotia, and destroy from Boston to New York, all the way to Georgia. Massachusetts Governor William Shirley declared a Day of […]

American Minute – Eddie Rickenbacker

October 8, 2009 by


By William J Federer A race car driver, he served in France during World War I as chauffeur for General Pershing. With Germany’s Red Baron dominating the skies, he transferred to the 94th Aero Squadron and helped shoot down 69 enemy aircraft. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, his name was “Eddie” Rickenbacker, born OCTOBER […]

American Minute – Historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee

October 2, 2009 by


By William J Federer Historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee died OCTOBER 2, 1975. Providing foreign intelligence for the British during World Wars I and II, Toynbee was a delegate to the Paris Peace Conferences. Educated at Oxford “almost entirely in the Greek and Latin Classics,” Toynbee taught at King’s College of London, the London School of […]

American Minute – Pilgrims Set Sail

September 16, 2009 by


By William J Federer SEPTEMBER 16, 1620, according to the Gregorian Calendar, 102 passengers set sail on the Pilgrims’ ship, Mayflower. Their 66-day journey of 2,750 miles encountered storms so rough the beam supporting the main mast cracked and was propped back in place with “a great iron screw.” One youth, John Howland, was swept […]