Battlefields: 10 facts about Abraham Lincoln

Battlefields: 10 facts about Abraham Lincoln

ByByJustin M.September 16, 202011 min read

Fact #1: The young Abraham Lincoln described himself as “a piece of floating driftwood.” The second child of Thomas and Nancy Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in a one-room log cabin.  In Abraham’s youth the family moved frequently, trying to stay one step ahead of financial trouble and illness, before eventually settling down in Coles County, Illinois.  Along the way, Lincoln…

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The Founding Fathers Feared Political Factions Would Tear the Nation Apart

The Founding Fathers Feared Political Factions Would Tear the Nation Apart

ByByJustin M.September 10, 20205 min read
The Constitution’s framers viewed political parties as a necessary evil. Today, it may seem impossible to imagine the U.S. government without its two leading political parties, Democrats and Republicans. But in 1787, when delegates to the Constitutional Convention gathered in Philadelphia to hash out the foundations of their new government, they entirely omitted political parties from the new nation’s founding document. This was no accident. The framers of the new Constitution desperately wanted to avoid the divisions that had ripped England apart in the bloody civil wars of the 17th century. Many of them saw parties—or “factions,” as they called them—as…
The Pilgrims Set Sail For The New World

The Pilgrims Set Sail For The New World

ByByJustin M.September 16, 20204 min read

On September 16, 1620, the Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. The ship was headed for Virginia,…

New Yorker: Local Confederate Monument

New Yorker: Local Confederate Monument

ByByJustin M.September 13, 202024 min read

Frederick Douglass was a “from here.” Where I was raised, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, a “from here” is the opposite…

People’s House: Loyalists in the Legislature

People’s House: Loyalists in the Legislature

ByByJustin M.September 12, 20204 min read

When the Second Continental Congress convened in 1775, firebrands including Samuel Adams of Massachusetts and Patrick Henry of Virginia steered the 13 colonies of the United States toward…

President Lincoln’s letters on Preserving Liberty

President Lincoln’s letters on Preserving Liberty

ByByJustin M.September 12, 20207 min read

Although he could not foresee our present national peril, Abraham Lincoln continually exhorted his own generation to maintain our free Republic. You…

The Founding Fathers Feared Political Factions Would Tear the Nation Apart

The Founding Fathers Feared Political Factions Would Tear the Nation Apart

ByByJustin M.September 10, 20205 min read

The Constitution’s framers viewed political parties as a necessary evil. Today, it may seem impossible to imagine the U.S. government without its…

Continental Congress names the United States, Sept. 9, 1776

Continental Congress names the United States, Sept. 9, 1776

ByByJustin M.September 9, 20203 min read

The Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia on this day in 1776, declared that the name of the newly formed nation fighting…

The First Continental Congress

The First Continental Congress

ByByJustin M.September 8, 20209 min read

Have you ever wondered why Congress opens its sessions in prayer? The reason is traceable to the Pilgrims’ faith in providence which…

The Life of William Penn

The Life of William Penn

ByByJustin M.September 8, 20206 min read

William Penn was baptized in All Hallows by the Tower in London on October 23, 1644, as the son of William and…

The Five Concepts of American Liberty

The Five Concepts of American Liberty

ByByJustin M.September 6, 202040 min read

In American civic and political life, nearly everyone is a champion of liberty, but not everyone means the same thing by that…

Unsung Hero Who Financed the American Revolution, and His Lesson for Today

Unsung Hero Who Financed the American Revolution, and His Lesson for Today

ByByJustin M.September 1, 20205 min read

The name that King George III is said to have called the “most damning name of all” on the Declaration of Independence…

Benjamin Rush: Address to the People of the United States

Benjamin Rush: Address to the People of the United States

ByByJustin M.September 1, 202010 min read

Dated January 1787 There is nothing more common than to confound the terms of the American revolution with those of the late American war. The…

Christianity and the Civil War

Christianity and the Civil War

ByByNathan MoteAugust 26, 20205 min read

MAJOR REVIVALS broke out in the Civil War armies. In the Union Army, between 100,000 and 200,000 soldiers were converted; among Confederate…