Tag: American History

OTD: Teddy Roosevelt and the Coal Miners

Was Teddy Roosevelt right or wrong? On this day, October 13, 1902, Teddy Roosevelt, Coal Miners, and the Constitution. In 1902, America was running on coal. But on May 12, coal workers went on strike, calling for better working conditions. They labored sixteen-hour days, exposing themselves to life-threatening dangers for low wages, having received no…

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OTD: Roger Williams Banished

On this day, October 9, 1635, Roger Williams is banished from Massachusetts Bay Colony. The beliefs of Williams upset the very foundations of Puritanism – its church and its colony. Here’s what his “heretical” views were: First: Williams believed every man had the right to practice whatever religion he pleased. A person’s beliefs were a…

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Thanksgiving in October?

The fall has arrived, Halloween is coming, Thanksgiving on its heels, then, before we know it, Christmas will be here. Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July are my two favorite holidays because they are about people – families, neighbors, fellow-countrymen, and the human race at large. You don’t have to worry about shopping for presents…

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Our Incomparable Constitution

On the occasion of the commemoration of the signing of the Constitution, on 17 September 1787, some 232 years ago, we pause to remember the significance of that event and its implications for modern patriots. The American colonists had been gathering to this continent, starting with the establishment of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English…

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Ideas Which Change The World: Individual Rights

If you believe in individual rights, this story is for you! Wars usually make the news, and war movies dominate cinema. That’s because they are “exciting.” Bullets zipping across the battlefield and soldiers storming the beaches of Normandy inspire thrilling musical scores. But ideas, unlike war, are born of contemplation, mature through discussion, and ultimately…

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The First African Slaves In America: The Fall From Paradise

A poet described early America as, “Earth’s only Paradise.” If America was Paradise, then the institution of slavery was the fall. Tobacco brought prosperity, but it also brought slavery. Many laborers were required to cultivate the crop, and cheap labor was what the colonists wanted. So the settlers, instead of working with their own hands,…

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The Nineteenth Amendment: Women’s Suffrage

On this day, August 18, 1920, the battle for women’s suffrage is won with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. The Amendment Reads: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” “Congress shall have power…

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Edwin Prescott: His Invention Made Our Lives Fun!

It’s National Roller Coaster Day! Freedom means more fun! Do you remember your first loop-the-loop? On this day, August 16, 1898, the loop-the-loop was patented by Edwin Prescott. The patent reads: “Be it known that I, EDWIN PRESCOTT, of Arlington, county of Middlesex, and State of Massachusetts, have invented an Improvement in Roller-Coasters…This invention has…

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The Land Divided; The World United

The Panama Canal: A Historical, Engineering, Mechanical, Human Capital, and Medical Marvel On this day, August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opens. The Monroe Doctrine once and for all declared the political separation of America from Europe. This doctrine fueled the desire to build what would become the Panama Canal. In 1878, however, Columbia granted…

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Liberty and Justice for Everyone

Were there injustices inherent in the original Constitution? How were they fixed? The principle of the American system is this: laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind, and our ideas of justice improve with maturity. America is a work in progress, so, let us ever, in the…

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