Category Archives: American History – not revised

0271_An abbreviated abstract of history of Thanksgiving in America_and the 1789 Proclamation signed by Pres. George Washington, setting aside Thurs. Nov. 26 as “A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer”

Donna Jack
Nov. 22, 2017

Abstract of the First Thanksgiving 1789_Thanksgiving Proclamation by Pres. George Washington

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
We have much to thank God for.

Below you can read an abbreviated version of an abstract concerning the observance of Thanksgiving.  [Source for most of the version is:  https://www.varsitytutors.com/earlyamerica/firsts/first-thanksgiving-observance ]

The observance of Thanksgiving in America, began with the colonists of Plymouth Plantation in the fall of 1621.  In 1671  there was a proclamation in Massachusetts to observe Thanksgiving.  The observance of a day of Thanksgiving spread through the colonies, and during the 1700’s, Thanksgiving Day was observed as a day of fasting and praying.

In 1789 President George Washington made the first national proclamation setting aside one specific day in 1789 (Thursday, November 16) as “A Day of Publick Thanksgiving Prayer.”

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation, making the fourth Tuesday of November a national holiday.  It was the first time Thanksgiving became an annual national holiday.

Then in 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to move Thanksgiving a week earlier to benefit businesses, but was pressured into keeping it in the fourth week of November — so it was moved in 1941 to the fourth Thursday each November, as it is today.

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Attached you will find an Abstract of the above history.   Attached and below you can read the actual Thanksgiving Proclamation by Pres. George Washington Oct 14, 1789.

Presl Proclamation_cropped_The Massachusetts Centinel, Wed, October 14, 1789_picture_only pict copySource for picture above and proclamation below: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789
https://www.varsitytutors.com/earlyamerica/firsts/thanksgiving-proclamation
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0270_Phyllis Schlafly archive: In 1789, President George Washington gave us Thanksgiving, the 4th Thurs. in Nov._to thank God for giving Americans “an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Donna Jack
November 21, 2017    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Other blogs with information by and about Phyllis Schlafly: 0133 and 0227

Words from Jordan Henry’s introduction to Phyllis Schlafly’s 2002 article: 

” As Phyllis Schlafly put it, ‘George Washington was history’s indispensable man. It’s no exaggeration to say that, without his leadership, we would not have a United States of America.’  He even gave us the gift of a Thanksgiving holiday by issuing a proclamation in 1789 making the last Thursday in November ‘a day of public thanksgiving and prayer’ on which Americans should thank Almighty God for granting ‘an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.’”

[Note:   “Abraham Lincoln . . .  supported legislation making it a national holiday in 1863. America was in the middle of its bloody Civil War at the time and Lincoln hoped the new holiday would unify the bitterly divided country. The holiday was finally a success and Thanksgiving has continued ever since.”    from:  http://historyofmassachusetts.org/the-first-thanksgiving/  ]

Cheap AP college credit — but at what price? — ignorance of
America’s marvelous heritage.

In our public schools (K-12) and universities, students are taught that the only important thing to know about George Washington is that “he owned slaves.”  They don’t learn ANYTHING about him, his exceptional leadership before and during the Revolutionary War, his strong Christian faith, his time as first President of the United States, the love and admiration that he earned, or the great example he was throughout his life.

AP US History adds to this ignorance of American History

To learn about AP (Advanced Placement) U.S. History in public schools, see Blogs 0013, 0015, 0061, 0069, 0235 .  Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History is an anti-American curriculum.  AP is highly rated in public school circles, and coveted by parents, who get cheap college credit for their children who pass AP courses.  Through AP US History, students are dishonestly taught to hate America.

Phyllis’ report:
“The Premier American Hero — George Washington.” 

Below is a 2002 report from Phyllis Schlafly, preceded by a 2017 introduction by Jordan Henry, director of research for Phyllis Schlafly Eagles.

Here link directly to email with her 2002 article, and introduction by Jordan Henry.
Or link only to her 2002 article here.

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Ed Martin, President | Helen Marie Taylor, Chairman | John Schlafly, Treasurer

May 2002:
THE MAN WHO MADE OUR ‘UNIQUE AMERICAN HOLIDAY.’
By Jordan T. Henry, Director of Research

It goes without saying that we Americans have a lot to be thankful for. For starters, we live in the greatest nation on the planet. Let’s also not forget that we enjoy the freedom and liberty secured in our unprecedented United States Constitution. In a few short days, we can also be thankful for a time to spend with family and loved ones reflecting on God’s bounty in our lives. Each of these blessings should remind us of one man to whom every American owes a debt of gratitude. That man, who is being systematically removed from the public sphere, was passionately defended in the May 2002 Phyllis Schlafly Report. His name is George Washington. 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
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0258_Online training to equip people to learn how to combat the censorship, lies and distortions that are in our schools

Donna Jack
October 16, 2017

In Blog 0257, Tim Leonard’s letter called out our school superintendent for pushing the gross misuse of our children in Jefferson County (Colorado)  — when he introduced more radical left-wing curriculum for all our school children — starting as young as 5 years old.  The superintendent justifies this all, in the name of compassionately responding to gross inhumane violence in Charlottesville, VA.

Below may provide a central resource to learn how to combat the destruction of truth that is in happening in our schools.

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2017 9:45 AM
To: Donna Garner
Subject: STOP THE BIAS AND INDOCTRINATION IN STUDENTS’ TEXTBOOKS — TRUTH IN TEXTBOOKS — ONLINE TRAINING PROVIDED — 10.13.17

[10.13.17 — For those people who are desperately concerned about the bias and indoctrination that are found in so many of students’ instructional materials/textbooks, I highly recommend your getting involved with  Truth in Textbooks.  Reviewers trained by TNT are making a difference throughout the country.  TNT training is done online, and a new class is being formed for January 2018. Please go to the TNT website to learn more and to sign up. Help spread the word.  – Donna Garner]

 9.18.19 – HERE IS THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT  TRUTH IN TEXTBOOKS

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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

0232_ An autobiography by Robert (Bob) Ruesch_ looking back at summers growing up in the shadow of his wonderful father who for thirty years managed and expanded the YMCA of the Rockies_ Estes Park, CO

Donna Jack
July 7, 2017/update July 17, 2017

Recently I read Robert (Bob) Ruesch’s autobiography (In the Warmth of the Shadow:  A boy, the Rocky Mountains and God … See what happens).  This refreshing book recounts his years growing up in a world-class resort retreat center in Estes Park — the YMCA Camp of the Rockies.

Bob begins each chapter with an inspirational and thoughtful selection from Scripture, and then proceeds to recount events which take you back in time.

You will experience a very long ride to camp, in a car that isn’t air conditioned.

You will anticipate doing the “seeming” simple job of chopping watermelon for 2,000 to 2,500 hungry vacationers, and then realize it is not that easy.  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

0190_New book: My Favorite Life-Changing Stories_by Dr. Joe L. Wheeler_great book of encouragement

Donna Jack
March 16, 2017

Yesterday morning I bought Dr. Joe Wheeler’s latest book of true stories:   My Favorite Life-Changing Stories. I read the entire book today. You can see and order the book at:  http://joewheelerbooks.com/

My Favorite Life-Changing Stories

My Favorite Life-Changing Stories

My Favorite Life-Changing Stories

This is the fourth book in “My Favorite” inspirational story series.

2017: Tradepaper. Short, true, life-changing epiphany stories.

Which story was my favorite?

This evening I called Dr. Joe to tell him I had finished reading his newest book.  He asked me which story I liked best.

Where could I begin, except to say that I loved them all.  They were all vivid in my mind.

Then I decided I should talk about one of the stories, and chose the last one in the book, since I had just completed it a few minutes earlier.  The message that stood out to me in that story, was that we should stop brooding over our failures of the past.  Instead we should analyze our mistakes, and figure out how to do better next time.

Then I shared with him messages I remembered from six or seven other stories.  Then I told him things I learned from his introduction to the book, introductions to the stories, and the Epilogue.  In those sections Dr. Joe shares some of his insights, struggles and victories.  One of the struggles he speaks of is the temptation to forget and take credit for success, when it is actually God who provides the abilities and opportunities.  That is a common human struggle.

Some characteristics emphasized within this powerful collection of stories:

Within My Favorite Life-Changing Stories are found displayed many different important characteristics.  Among them are:  honesty; compassion; forgiveness; repentance; perseverance even after repeated failures; patience; verbalizing expressions of appreciation; bravery; kindness; self-control; reliability; generosity; determination; and reverence and obedience to God.

The stories encourage us to realize that no matter what our condition in life, we need to look ahead, and trust God.  He holds our lives in His hands. Continue reading

0187_A Revolutionary War Barracks_The Warner House on Constitution Island_the Great Chain of the Revolutionary War at West Point — Warner House became a stop for the Underground Railroad

Donna Jack
March 2, 2017

The Warner House on Constitution Island

For his last tour of duty before retiring from the Air Force, my husband was a professor at West Point Military Academy (West Point).  During those months, I researched West Point and Constitution Island history, and led Constitution Island Association tours of the Warner House.  The Warner House is an old home located on Constitution Island, across the river from West Point, where the Hudson River narrows and makes a sharp S-curve bend.

The original portion of the Warner House was a Revolutionary War barracks.   In the early 1800s, Henry Warner, a successful New York City attorney, purchased the Constitution Island property, deciding to make it into a summer residence for himself, his sister and two daughters.  They planned to keep their New York City residence as their permanent home.

In order to make it a comfortable summer home, Henry made additions to the Revolutionary War barracks:  an enclosed porch overlooking the Hudson River, a study, a kitchen and dining area, a cellar/storage area off the kitchen, a library, a  formal living room, and a formal dining room.  The barracks would house their bedrooms, sewing room, and other rooms.

During the 1836 Depression, Henry lost his legal practice and their New York City home.  The family moved to their “summer” home on Constitution Island — it became their “permanent” home.

The property stayed in the family until 1915, the year the youngest sister Anna died.  She had arranged to give their home and property to the Constitution Island Association, which would be located at West Point.  I worked for that association as a docent in the 1980s.

Home to military fortifications

During the Revolutionary War, Constitution Island (which actually wasn’t an island), became home to military fortifications and soldiers.  The fortifications were placed there by Patriot forces — a perfect location, because at that point the Hudson River narrowed substantially and bent sharply around part of Constitution Island.  The sharp turns in the river caused currents to meet and change directions, making navigation treacherous unless boats hung close to the shore lines.  It was a perfect place for fortifications on both sides of the Hudson.  On Constitution Island,  our Patriot forces constructed a barracks, forts, redoubts and parapets intended to work together forces with fortifications on the West Point side of the Hudson.

In 1778, during the Revolutionary War, a Great Chain was built.  It was a 500-yard-long iron chain built for Patriot forces.  It’s heavy links floated on rafts, and spanned the narrowest 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