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 […]

“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 […]

History is Bunk and Other “Truths” Not Taught at College

On January 31, 2014, in Education, Freedom, Future, History, Liberty, by Derrick G. Jeter

“History is bunk.” Well, that’s what industrialist Henry Ford thought of history. “We don’t want tradition,” Ford said. “We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.” It’d be easy to call Ford a crank, since the truth is no man […]

Founding Fathers Friday: Charles Pinckney

On November 15, 2013, in America, American Revolution, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Patriotism, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

Everybody knows James Madison is the “Father of the Constitution”—it’s architect and author. Right? Well, not exactly. Madison didn’t author the document—a committee of five put the draft together and Gouverneur Morris wrote the preamble. And there’s some evidence—or at least tradition—that Madison wasn’t the first architect of the Constitution. That designation may belong to […]

Founding Fathers Friday: John Rutledge

Many of the Founding Father had tragic lives, especially at the end of their lives. But John Rutledge’s life was the stuff of Greek tragedy. Born on September 17, 1739, to one of the wealthiest families in Charleston, South Carolina, Rutledge his early childhood surrounded by luxury and ease. His father, an Irish immigrant and […]

Founding Fathers Friday: George Washington

“The indispensable man.” “The father of his country.” “First and war—first in peace—and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” George Washington was all of these . . . and more. The Duke of Wellington believed Washington was “perhaps the purest and noblest character of modern times.” In the eyes of John Adams, Washington was […]

Henry Lee Eulogizes George Washington

On December 14, 2010, in America, Death, Founding Fathers, George Washington, Heroes, History, Patriotism, by Derrick G. Jeter

Henry Lee joined the Virginia cavalry, with the rank of captain, at the age of 22 in order to fight for American independence. In 1777, he was promoted to major and placed under the command of fellow Virginian, George Washington. As a cavalry officer under Washington, Lee distinguished himself with his daring raids against the […]