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0275_ Michael Medved The First Thanksgiving ~ Pilgrims, Puritans and the Founding of America – (MP3 Download or CDs) Total Run Time: 2hr, 46min

Donna Jack
November 24, 2017

The First Thanksgiving —
Pilgrims, Puritans
and the Founding of America

Recording by Michael Medved

Medved - Pilgrims - picture-cropped
The picture above is from this site.

One minute, eleven second mp3 introduction to this audio
by Michael Medved

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0274 (Blogs 0270-0275 are all about Thanksgiving) – this one is a YouTube “The Lost Secrets of Thanksgiving”

Donna Jack
November 24, 2017

Yesterday, while celebrating Thanksgiving with one of our sons and his family — and after visiting on the phone with our son who was in Japan yesterday — our local daughter-in-law showed us a YouTube.  At my request, she emailed me the link last night.  You can watch it below:

The 9-minute YouTube is “The Lost Secrets of Thanksgiving.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peEUb107T7U

The above video is about the people we call the Pilgrims, and the Separatists that accompanied them when they set sail for Virginia from Holland, aboard the Mayflower.   The Mayflower ended up much farther north than had been planned — just off Cape Cod.  Even though they had gone so far off course, they believed that God had taken them there.  They named the area Plimoth (Plymouth).

Below is a summary of “The Lost Secrets of Thanksgiving.” Continue reading

0273_Excerpt from “Of Plimoth Plantation” by William Bradford_ first Pilgrim Thanksgiving_ How to purchase “The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America” (495 pages of original source documents)_Other resoruces_ YouTube

Donna Jack
Thanksgiving Day
November 23, 2017

One sentence from Bradford’s account of their first Thanksgiving –
after fasting and praying all day for rain – and then receiving rain after drought!
“And he [God] was pleased to give them a gracious and speedy answer,
both to their own, and the Indian’s admiration, that lived amongst them.”

In the excerpts that you will find later in this blog piece, you can read William Bradford’s account about what led up to their first thanksgiving celebration.  Bradford was governor of Plymouth Plantation for 37 years, up until his death.

[A note:  The group that left Holland were not leaving because of persecution there, but rather because of their well-founded fear that in Holland, their children would be indoctrinated away from their Christian faith.  The reason that urged them to leave all they had, and make such a dangerous journey across the ocean to a new land — was their strong desire to protect the souls of their children.

Watch this short 6-minute YouTube produced by Prager University, about the First Thanksgiving.]

The excerpts later in this blog post, are from a book called:  The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America published by Verna M. Hall:  Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE).  The YouTube below gives information about FACE, and it is also found on their website).
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FACE – the publishers of
The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America

The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America

Many years ago, when I was home-schooling my children, someone gave me a copy of The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America.

For over 25 years I regularly gave programs in Colorado.  Every Thanksgiving season, I shared William Bradford’s account printed in this book, and below.

At the end of this blog (after William Bradford’s account) you can find out more about the book, about the publishers, how to purchase it, and how to purchase other books they publish.

What is unique about this book?  How is it superior to
most of the material taught in our public schools?

Not only does this book extensively cover the Christian history of our Constitution, but it has the text of original source documents.  That is far superior to what is done in almost all of our public schools (and even most private schools).  In most schools (pre-school through 12th, and colleges and universities) students only read or are told “reports” and “interpretations” of history — and sadly, the history is usually given from the viewpoint of people who hate our country and its Christian foundations. Continue reading

0267_What’s the Truth About the First Thanksgiving_ Medved _PragerU YouTube Video and Transcript

Donna Jack
November 13, 2017

Michael Medved has recorded a superb collection
of audio recordings about American History.

Below is the latest in the series of PragerU short educational videos.  This one is of Michael Medved talking about the First Thanksgiving.   You can link the YouTube video here as well.

https://www.prageru.com/videos/whats-truth-about-first-thanksgiving

There are many good resources for learning about the Pilgrims’ “first Thanksgiving.”

Sad to day, there are even more resources to find lies about the founding of our country.  Advanced Placement (AP) American History is one of those dishonest resources that push ugly lies about our founding.  AP courses in general, are painted as the very best schools have to offer (plus they provide cheap college credit, an enticement for parents).

Text of an email that arrived today from Prager University:

“Food, football, and…oppression. That’s what Thanksgiving has come to mean for many Americans. Why? Because countless schools tell students that the Pilgrims fled persecution only to become persecutors themselves by depriving Native Americans of their land and their lives. Is that really what happened? Were previous generations of Americans sold a romanticized version of the Pilgrim story? In this week’s video, nationally syndicated radio host Michael Medved tells the truth about the first Thanksgiving.

“Did you know PragerU is a 501(c)3 non-profit?  Please consider a monthly donation to help us continue to reach young people with our videos. Donate here.”

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Transcript from PragerU of this PragerU video clip
https://www.prageru.com/videos/whats-truth-about-first-thanksgiving Continue reading

0253_Kate Smith introduced the song “God Bless America” to the United States Nov. 11, 1939_ YouTube of her introducing the song; Kate Smith 1953 TV program; autobiography; musical and entertainment career spanning 5 decades

Donna Jack
October 1, 2017, revised 10:12 p.m. October 2, 2017

A little over a week ago, one of my sisters-in-law sent me the 1939 YouTube with Kate Smith introducing “God Bless America”.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching it in the past, and was more than happy to watch it again.  In addition to the YouTube mentioned, below there is a second YouTube, and also some information about Kate Smith and about the many years she brought entertainment to families across America.

Why was Kate Smith so popular?

Many people today say that Kate Smith was popular only because of her voice (which people loved).  They say that if people could have seen her and how over-weight she was, she would not have been popular at all.

Well, people definitely did see her — and loved her.  Not only did she have a powerful voice, and was able to sing about anything — but she was also interesting and had interesting guests.  Kate Smith had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades.

Millions of people loved her.

“Her inspiring rendition [of “God Bless America”] went on to sell millions of war bonds and even helped a hockey team in the 1970s win the Stanley Cup.” [source of this quote]

From 1950 to 1954 she had “The Kate Smith Hour,” a variety program which aired on CBS television with host Kate Smith.  Stars: Kate Smith, Bill Norvas and The Upstarts

Later in this blog piece, if you wish, you can watch a YouTube of a YouTube of a 1953 “The Kate Smith Hour” show (just under an hour long).

Here is a link to a short biography of Kate Smith, and notes. Continue reading

0235_Hillsdale College 2017 Introduction to the Constitution course (free) – taught by Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College_ links to classes _ information about Larry Arnn, and his books_links to other blogs about false AP US History

Donna Jack
July 21, 2017/July 22, 2017 update

My husband is taking online, the Hillsdale College class “Introduction to the Constitution.”  It is free. It is one of a number of classes Hillsdale College offers free online.

In light of the gross ignorance of the Constitution in our country — and the frightening results of that ignorance that we are seeing around us — it is important that people become aware of our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.  We need knowledge in order to be able to stand up to protect and preserve our nation.

For decades, our public schools have been omitting this knowledge from being available to students.  In fact, grossly false information about our country, our founding, and our freedom, continues to be taught throughout the schools.  Children and adults have for a long time been taught to hate America,not understanding the unique blessing it is on us and on the world.

At the end of this article, see four previous blogs on this site that deal with the lies in AP U.S.  History.

Dr. Larry Arnn – teaches “Introduction to the Constitution”

Dr. Larry Arnn is the teacher for the 11 lessons of an “Introduction to the Constitution” class.  He has been president of Hillsdale College since 2000.  He is the kind of person that you gladly listen to — because of his extensive knowledge, and his enthusiasm for whatever subject he speaks about.

In this series he serves as more of a moderator that  one giving a lecture.  He is working with freshmen and sophomores at Hillsdale College.  The information is a very good review, or foundation if you have little knowledge of the Constitution.

In the second class on the Constitution, a number of people take turns leading the sessions, using a lecture format.

You can access here the list and content of the 11 lessons in the
Hillsdale “Introduction to the Constitution” class …or link to each one of them below: Continue reading

0227_July 4, 2017 Independence Day message from Phyllis Schlafly Eagles_Religion is part of our founding (a broadcast by Phyllis Schlafly)

Donna Jack
July 4, 2017/link added Nov. 21, 2017

0133_My heart grieves at the loss of Phyllis Schlafly_she always stood up strong for God, family and our country_Audio and Visual Links_YouTubes_by Donna Jack 09/06/16

Phyllis Schlafly died last September.  Below you will find a message from Ed Martin today, and then the text of what Phyllis Schlafly said during one of her radio broadcasts:  Religion is Part of Our Founding.
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Happy Independence Day, from our Phyllis Schlafly Eagles staff and families to yours!

Today we celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Independence from England’s tyrannical King George.  On this 241st year of our individual American republic, I am happy to bring you one of Phyllis Schlafly’s timeless reminders.  That no matter what the atheists and liberal revisionists may tell you – our founding fathers were Godly men.

As these men determined an independence was needed and later built the foundation of our republic, they sought the wisdom of “Almighty Providence” often in their prayers and in the Holy Bible.

Take a listen and read Phyllis’s historic reminder for us below.

All the best.
Ed Martin
President, Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
President, Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
President, America’s Future, Inc.

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Click for Audio
http://www.phyllisschlafly.com/religion-is-part-of-our-founding-314

Religion is Part of Our Founding
Phyllis Schlafly

    Did you know that the Declaration of Independence is America’s great religious document? Continue reading

0185_President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address_”With malice toward none, with charity for all…”

Donna Jack
February 27, 2017

This evening I spoke about Whittaker Chambers’ autobiography Witness.  While preparing for the presentation, the words:  with malace toward none, with charity for all,  kept going through my head.  These words represent the heart and life of Whittaker Chambers, which comes clearly through in his autobiography Witness.

These words are from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address.

Following is a context for the address, posted it at:
http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/presidents/abraham-lincoln/second-inaugural-address-1865.php

Context

Weeks of wet weather preceding Lincoln’s second inauguration had caused Pennsylvania Avenue to become a sea of mud and standing water. Thousands of spectators stood in thick mud at the Capitol grounds to hear the President. As he stood on the East Portico to take the executive oath, the completed Capitol dome over the President’s head was a physical reminder of the resolve of his Administration throughout the years of civil war. Chief Justice Salmon Chase administered the oath of office. In little more than a month, the President would be assassinated.

Below is the last paragraph of Lincoln’s address which contain the famous words:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

The text for President Abraham Lincoln’s entire Second Inaugural Address can be found at:

http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/presidents/abraham-lincoln/second-inaugural-address-1865.php

 

0176_What is the group “America’s Future”? – Judge Robert Morris was President of America’s Future when he published “Soviets in the Classroom” for Charlotte Iserbyt_See Blogs 0173-0175

Donna Jack
First published in part Jan. 30 2017/Totally rewritten and published February 10, 2017

Robert Morris first published “Soviets in the Classroom” in 1989, soon after he became  the new chairman of the board at America’s Future.  See Blogs #0173, 0174 & 0175, which talk about or mention the article “Soviets in the Classroom.”

This blog is an introduction to the organization called America’s Future, that began in 1946.

The information below about America’s Future, is taken from two locations
on their website:
http://www.americasfuture.net/
and     http://www.americasfuture.net/misc/founded.html

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“Our historical commitment and our current strategic position make the United States the central redoubt of human liberty. If we fall, the lights of liberty will be extinguished all over the world for the foreseeable future.”

Robert Morris
Self Destruct: Dismantling America’s Internal Security

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AMERICA’S FUTURE
http://www.americasfuture.net/

“The original America’s Future, Inc., established in 1946, headquartered for many years in New Rochelle, New York, and now in St. Louis, Missouri — for 57 years [has been] dedicated to the preservation of our free enterprise system and our constitutional form of government.”

[Editor dj note:  The above quote, from the front page of the America’s Future website,
was
written in 2006.] Continue reading

0158_The First Thanksgiving – Rush Limbaugh in 2015 talking about his 1992 book “See I Told You So” – and what he learned about the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving–YouTube & transcript_Links to George Washington’s 1789 Innaugural Address_his Thanksgiving proclamation

November 24, 2016 – Thanksgiving Day – Revised Nov. 25, 2016 (6:41 pm)
Donna Jack

We spent Thanksgiving with one of our sons, his wife, and three children.  All our family gives thanks to our Lord for the blessings He has showered on the United States of America, and on each of us.

My three local grandchildren have been studying American history at home for several years.  sadly, most children who attend public schools and many private schools, are taught to hate the United States.  All my grandchildren (and their parents, aunts and uncles) love America.

Our three local grandchildren have a large American history library, which includes the Rush Revere American history books that Rush Limbaugh has written for chilcren (They  are enjoyable reading or listening for adults as well).  The first book in the series is a time-travel adventure leading up to, and including, the first Thanksgiving.

Following is a link to the collection of American History Rush Revere books:

The Further Adventures of Rush Revere: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims / Rush Revere and the First Patriots / Rush Revere and the American Revolution / Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner

Why did the Pilgrims have the first Thanksgiving? Continue reading