Daily Jefferson: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Died on July 4, 1826; Happy Independence Day!

This post is reprinted from last year on Independence Day. Seems like a fitting way to end the Daily Jefferson series. Happy Independence Day!In addition to being Independence Day, this is the day that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. On this day in 1826, former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were once fellow Patriots and then adversaries, die on the same day within five hours of each other. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams w … [Read more...]

Marty Duren on Patriotic Church; Ed Young Are You Reading?

If Ed Young, pastor of Fellowship Church in Texas isn't reading this op-ed by Marty Duren in WaPo, he should be.Ed Young is going to have Mormon Glenn Beck in this weekend to teach his congregation providential theological history. Beck says he isn't going to teach theology but a providential view of the founding era is theology in the LDS church. Young's going all in.Surely, he isn't alone. David Barton is probably speaking somewhere at some church.In his article, Duren notes that … [Read more...]

Happy Easter – 2015

Joy to the World; He is Risen! … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas: Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix

Pentatonix presents the world with the gift of their talents. Merry Christmas to all! … [Read more...]

Victoria Rigel – O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Recorder artist Victoria Rigel plays two recorders at once in this 2008 version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel with yours truly on the guitar.If the widget doesn't work, try this link.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. … [Read more...]

Macrohart – O Holy Night

  Sounds of the season from the now on hold band Macrohart. I like this verson of O Holy Night.  Click the play button to listen on Soundcloud: … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving 2014: Gary Scott Smith On America As a Blessed But Not a Chosen Nation

Today is the last in the series of articles by historians posted during Thanksgiving week. I deeply appreciated the contributions of my distinguished colleagues John Wilsey, Jared Burkholder, Barry Hankins, Andrew Mitchell, Fred Beuttler, and today Gary Scott Smith.Happy Thanksgiving!..................................Dr. Gary Scott Smith chairs the history department at Grove City College and is a fellow for faith and politics with The Center for Vision & Values. He is the author … [Read more...]

Fred Beuttler On The First Federal Thanksgiving

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Last week, I asked numerous historian colleagues to opine about what the public should know about Thanksgiving. I am pleased and thankful for the responses I received and the series will run through at least Thanksgiving Day. In this article, Fred Beuttler commemorates today as the first federal thanksgiving.--------------------Fred W. Beuttler, Ph.D., the former Deputy Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives. Fred teaches history at Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. … [Read more...]


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