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Posted June 4, 2013
Our friend Bill Federer is somewhat of a fixture in the St. Louis, MO, area, where we lived for six years. He is a homeschooling father, businesssman, historian, nationally known speaker, radio host, book publisher, and best-selling author, whose first book, America's God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations (1996), has sold over a half-million copies. His publishing company, Amerisearch Inc., is dedicated to researching America's noble heritage. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs and been quoted or referenced in various newspapers and magazines. In addition, he ran as a U. S. Congressional candidate against Minority Leader Dick Gephardt in 1998, 2000. and again in 2004 garnering up to 46% of the vote. Also he has served in the ministry.
I first met Bill back in 2006 when I was the speaker coordinator for the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo and we arranged for him to speak at our first conference. We had him return in 2010, the last year I served as speaker coordinator. Just recently, our local Tea Party had him come to speak in Salem, IL, where we now live. Our younger son Jeremy helped carry his boxes of books in and out of the hall, so he gave Jeremy a copy of this book. Bill's radio feature, The American Minute, which is broadcast daily across America and by the Internet, summarizes what happened on a certain day in history. It is also sent out as a daily e-mail message. I assume that the contents of American Minute: Notable Events of American Significance Remembered on the Date They Occurred are taken from the archives of the program. The book is an interesting and inspiring collection of history vignettes, one for each day of the year. If you are reading it during a leap year, there is even an entry for Feb. 29.
Well-known national holidays and important achievements are recalled in fascinating detail along with little known facts of courage and sacrifice and other captivating American trivia. In everything, Bill emphasizes the Judaeo-Christian tradition which undergirds our Western culture generally and our American heritage specifically. I was just noticing the entry for my birthday, Jan. 11. That was the date in 1817 of the death of Timothy Dwight, grandson of Jonathan Edwards, chaplain in the Continental Army, member of the first Massachusetts state legislature, and president of Yale, who during his 22 years at the college promoted a religious revival to counteract the deistic “cult of reason” that had enticed the students. He wrote, “Religion and liberty are the meat and drink of the body politic. Withdraw one of them and it dies….If our religion were gone, our state of society would perish with it and nothing would be left worth defending.” How true! The book has a table of “Contents,” which is in actuality an index, and copious “Endnotes” to document everything that is cited.
Posted March 27, 2008
This book is one of the most interesting history books I've read. It contains amazing events that occured in America and across the globe that are significant to America's history. It reviews America's rich religious heritage and spirit of exploration. It truly is a must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.