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The Admiral of the Ocean Sea

Christopher Columbus might have remained a footnote in history, if Washington Irving, the author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," had not published a three volume biography about him. Although Irving established Columbus' rightful place in history, he also told a few fibs, the biggest one being that Columbus wanted to […]

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Rewriting History

D.W. Griffith directed the 1915 epic-making silent film masterpiece The Birth of a Nation, based on the play by Thomas Dixon called The Clansman. The purpose of the film was to rewrite the history of the South and the Civil War. The title The Clansman was changed to The Birth of a Nation to give […]

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Hoover's Dam

Hoover Dam was named after President Herbert Hoover who was instrumental in its construction. This marvel of engineering began in 1931 and was completed two years ahead of schedule in 1936. Hardhats made of two baseball caps dipped in tar and allowed to harden were used for the first time. A surveyor was one of […]

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The Accidental Entertainers

If you're looking for a sweet, peaceful tale to help you drift off to slumberland, don't choose one of the stories from Grimm's Fairy Tales. The stories collected by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm in the 1800s often paint a cruel life as many generations of central Europeans knew it. In collecting and writing down the […]

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Bones That Started a Reformation

England had a head start on the Reformation because of the work of John Wycliffe (c. 1324–1384). It was Wycliffe who held that the Bible alone (sola Scriptura) set forth the definition of true Christianity. Wycliffe’s efforts to translate the Bible into the language of the people prepared the way for a reform movement that […]

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Georgia On His Mind

General James Oglethorpe (1696--1785) conceived a plan to provide a refuge for persecuted Protestants of Europe. On June 9, 1732, he was granted a charter by George II to establish a new colony. Oglethorpe named his colony Georgia. He was motivated primarily from strong Christian principles, which are evident in his denouncement of slavery. In […]

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Giving Thanks to God

On Thursday, September 24, 1789, the First House of Representatives recommended the First Amendment to the states for ratification. Congressman Elias Boudinot proposed that Congress jointly request that President Washington proclaim a day of thanksgiving for "the many signal favors of Almighty God." He "could not think of letting the session pass over without offering […]

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Delicious and Refreshing

Mention the name of Dr. John Stith Pemberton, and the majority of people would shrug their shoulders. But it was Dr. Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, who carried his new concoction in a jug down the street to Jacob's Pharmacy for a taste testing at the soda fountain. The syrup was declared "excellent" and sold for […]

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Aristotle on Men and Earth

Aristotle's views on science, politics and ethics had a profound effect on the way Europeans viewed the world and interpreted the Bible. For example, the Church's battle with Galileo was a philosophical clash over whether Aristotle was right or wrong. As it turns out Aristotle was wrong, the Earth revolves around the Sun. Sadly, Aristotle's […]

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Ancient Inventors

Evolutionists try to parlay the belief that ancient man was intellectually inferior to modern-man. The theory does not fit the facts. While there are numerous theories on how structures like the pyramids were built, no one has been able to duplicate the results using what is known of ancient technology. Some have been so perplexed […]

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An Infidel Experiment

"An Infidel Experiment" was the title of an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of May 2, 1885, written about the city Liberal, Missouri. Creating "a town without a church, where unbelievers could bring up their children without religious training," and where Christians were not allowed was the objective for founding Liberal in 1880. A […]

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An Indian Fighter Seeks His Destiny

In today's publicity-seeking world, George Armstrong Custer would have felt right at home. Much of his reputation was formed by the media. Correspondents, who joined Custer on his military campaigns, helped establish his reputation with their positive reporting. With long blonde curls sprinkled with cinnamon oil, flamboyant dress, and large ego, Custer understood good public […]

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