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Progressive Movement Part III

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The following article is the last of a three part series that has examined the development of the progressive movement in America.  The Progressive Movement, Part I explored the roots of progressivism, or Formative Progressivism. In Part II, we considered how Incremental Progressivism of the past 100 years has shifted the direction of American ideology […]

Restoring America’s Birthright

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The “birthright” of every man, woman, and child born on American soil is liberty.  A gift given by virtue of our birth and established by the blood of our Founding Fathers.  In these times, what  can those who love liberty do to reverse the erosion of freedom in America?  One of the first things (if […]

Founding Father: Abraham Baldwin

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NOTE: This is a reprint of an article written by Derrick G. Jeter http://derrickjeter.com/2013/12/20/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 […]

Founding Father: Button Gwinnett

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NOTE: This is a reprint of an article written by Derrick G. Jeter http://derrickjeter.com/2011/05/13/founding-fathers-friday-button-gwinnett/ The majority of Declaration signers lived lives of accomplishment and honor before and after the summer of 1776. Some died early in life, some lost property because of their patriotism, and some served as prisoners of war. But none had the tragic life […]

Progressive Movement Part II

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Although the roots of progressivism began with formative progressives (see Blog: Progressive Movement Part I), their progressive ideas did not begin to really spread in America until incremental progressives (those who seek progressive change through small steps) began to be successful in taking the ideas out of the abstract and incorporating them into law and […]

The Prosperity of the Gilded Age

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The period of 1870 – 1900 is often called the Gilded Age and was marked by the unprecedented expansion of industrial capacity and urbanization in America.  Many influential historians paint this period of American history in sinister terms, only emphasizing the corruption of some of its politicians and big businesses, while highlighting the disparity between […]

History Matters

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George Santayana is the novelist and philosopher credited with the well-known statement: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  However, our generation’s greatest challenge in learning American history is not that our memories are poor; no, today’s challenge is to separate truth from the falsehoods we were taught in our youth.  […]

The Left Attacks David Barton

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Does conservative historian, David Barton, resemble a six-foot tall papier-mâché piñata?  I think he must, at least to the far left, as they have made him one of their favorite targets.  Perhaps we should not be surprised.  Lately, piñata politics have made national headlines http://nation.foxnews.com/nikki-haley/2012/05/22/union-leader-bashes-nikki-haley-pinata and become a popular way for progressives to communicate their […]

Ecological Armageddon?

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The prophets of ecological Armageddon believe the end has arrived.  Almost every imaginable calamity or inconvenience is used as “evidence” of this impending doom.  If we have a warm winter, its proof we are all going to die through global warming.  Or, if it happens to snow in June, that, too, is evidence that Americans […]

Democracy or Republic?

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Despite clear historical evidence showing that the United States was established as a republic and not a democracy, there is still confusion regarding the difference between these two very different systems of government.  Some confusion stems because the word “democracy” is used to describe both a “type” and a “form” of government.  As a “type” […]