The Library of the Founding Fathers

The Founding Fathers of the United States were among the best-read generations in history.  Because of their extensive reading, they knew human nature was flawed, but also capable of greatness.  That is why they constructed a government that divided power, gave each division the ability to check and balance the…

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Thanksgiving, and the Religious Awakening of Abraham Lincoln

Thanksgiving is one of the “high holidays” of America’s civic life.  While proclamations of national days of thanksgiving went back to George Washington, the holiday didn’t become an official feature of the American calendar until, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the holiday would fall on “the last Thursday of…

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