Washington: A Life

On April 23, 2017, in America, American Revolution, Books, Founding Fathers, George Washington, Heroes, History, by Derrick G. Jeter

Of all the founding fathers, George Washington is the least understood. He comes out of history as the marble-man—about as approachable and warm as the marble sarcophagus that entombs his bones at Mount Vernon. He is everyone’s hero. But he is a hero of god-like stature—almost inconceivable that anyone like him could have actually existed […]

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

By unanimous vote on February 4, 1789, George Washington was elected President of the United States of America—our first, and the only one to win unanimously. Washington was reluctant to serve, having spent so many years aways from his beloved Mount Vernon during the Revolutionary War, but he saw himself as a servant of the […]

Eric Metaxas’ Unfortunate History

On October 19, 2016, in Abraham Lincoln, America, Books, Founding Fathers, History, Pilgrims, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Sigh! I like Eric Metaxas. I really do. But his fast and loose use of history is growing wearisome—and worrisome. This is especially true with his latest book, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty. The title of his book comes from a conversation between Benjamin Franklin and Elizabeth Powel, a […]

“The Liberty Threat”: Is America Losing Her Religious Freedom?

The power and beauty of “We the people” no longer means what it once did because we the people no longer give much thought to the document that made famous that phrase. In fact, we the people no longer remember that that phrase and document, among other things, were drafted to “secure the blessings of […]

“Founders’ Son”: The Fathers in Abraham Lincoln’s Life

When Abraham Lincoln departed his Springfield, Illinois home in 1861, to be inaugurated as the sixteenth President of the United States, he told his friends and neighbors that the task before him was “more difficult than that which devolved upon General Washington.” One could argue the historical accuracy of that claim, but all must agree […]

The Colossus of Independence

The morning of July 1, 1776, dawned hot and humid. Before the morning ended a summer storm engulfed Philadelphia. John Adams woke before the dawn. He dress, wrote a letter to Archibald Bulloch, ate breakfast, and walked to the State House. “This morning is assigned the greatest debate of all,” he told Bulloch. “A declaration, […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Abraham Baldwin

In the late eighteenth century, Georgia was America’s far-flung and backwoods colony. More of an appendix than a vital organ to the overall wellbeing of the original thirteen. Large in land, Georgia was puny in population—in 1787 it boasted of approximately 25,000 souls, while the city of Philadelphia boasted of 40,000 souls. But Georgia was […]

Founding Fathers Friday: William Few

On December 13, 2013, in America, American Revolution, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Patriotism, by Derrick G. Jeter

When we think about the Founders we often envision them as a pantheon of wealthy white men—men born to privilege and prestige. Of course all of them were white. Nearly all were wealthy—at least for their day. (It should noted, however, that a great many of them also carried heavy debts.) But not all of […]

Founding Fathers Friday: John Taylor of Caroline

On December 6, 2013, in America, American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Founding Fathers, Freedom, by Derrick G. Jeter

We tend to think of the Founding Fathers as a homogeneous band of white men wearing powdered wigs and silk stockings. And while it’s true all the men we call Founding Fathers were white and wore powdered wigs and silk stockings, they were hardly indistinguishable when it came to the really important things in life—religion […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Francis Marion

On November 29, 2013, in America, American Revolution, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Patriotism, by Derrick G. Jeter

He didn’t sign the Declaration of Independence. He didn’t sign the United States Constitution. He didn’t serve in the Federal Congress. He didn’t even fight in the Continental Army. Yet, without his activities as a militia man on the southern front in the War for Independence, America would be a different country. History has all […]