William Federer is a nationally known speaker, author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to researching America’s noble heritage. He’s authored numerous books including, ‘American’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations’, ‘The Original 13: History of Religion in America’s First Thirteen States’, ‘Who is the King in America?’ and ‘For God and Country: A Handbook for the Statesman-Citizen’. He’s the speaker on ‘The American Minute’ daily broadcast.
William began by noting that Abraham Lincoln is best known for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation and for the freeing of millions of slaves. This came through the idea that all men are created equal as stated in the Gettysburg Address. He’s also known for putting the phrase, ‘In God We Trust’ on America’s national coins, which was his last act in office.
It was a year and a half into the Civil War that Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, changing the focus of the war from tariffs (which is how the federal government obtained taxes) and the states breaking away, to slavery.
This was Lincoln’s way of gaining the moral high ground because no one wanted to be seen as a defender of slavery, so all of the European support for the Confederacy dried up. In addition, the cotton crop became decimated which forced the South to pay tariffs with less money.
Actually, Lincoln had no authority to free the slaves. When called on it, he had to back-track on this by passing the 13th Amendment.
Lincoln is also responsible for instituting an annual day of Thanksgiving and twice during the Civil War he had days of fasting.
George Washington was unanimously chosen as commander and chief of the U.S. Army, as the president of the constitutional convention, and as the first U.S. president.
During his life, the two biggest world powers were the British and French empires. In 1755, Washington was a colonel under Edward Braddock the commander of the British forces in America. Washington survived an ambush and miraculously survived.
Washington eventually became commander of the Continental Army. After the Declaration of Independence was read to his troops, he appointed chaplains for every regimen.
Washington gave out very strict orders. For example, no games of chance were allowed among the troops. Swearing/cursing was forbidden and he even ran someone out of camp accused of attempting to commit sodomy.
Washington is remembered as a man who gave us a government where the people are the king. As history proves, it’s because he wasn’t a man who lusted after power.
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