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    • The American Minute: April 30 - 30 Apr 2013
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      The size of the U.S. doubled APRIL 30, 1803, with the Louisiana Purchase. Nearly a million square miles, at less than three cents an acre – it was the greatest land bargain in history! President Thomas Jefferson commented on it in his Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1805: “I know that the acquisition of Louisiana […]

    • The American Minute: April 27 - 27 Apr 2013
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      Forced to resign from the Army for excessive drinking, he failed as a farmer and a businessman. Not until he volunteered for the Civil War did things change. He was promoted to brigadier general, captured Fort Henry and Vicksburg, and won Union control of the Mississippi. Lincoln placed him over the entire Army and within […]

    • The American Minute: April 26 - 26 Apr 2013
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      English settlers landed in North America on APRIL 26, 1607, at the site of Cape Henry, named for Prince Henry of Wales. Their first act was to erect a wooden cross and commence a prayer meeting. They ascended the James River, named for King James, and settled Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America. […]

    • The American Minute: April 25 - 25 Apr 2013
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      Beginning APRIL 25, 1789, every session of the U.S. Senate has opened with prayer. This was a continuation of the Continental Congress’ practice during the Revolution, as Franklin remarked in 1787: “In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine […]

    • The American Minute: April 24 - 24 Apr 2013
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      Originally for legislators to do research, it began APRIL 24, 1800, with a $5,000 grant from Congress. The British set fire to it during the War of 1812, burning hundreds books. Thomas Jefferson provided over 6,400 volumes to restock it. The Library of Congress relocated to its present site in 1897 and is now the […]

    • The American Minute: April 23 - 23 Apr 2013
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      William Shakespeare was born APRIL 23, 1564. His 37 plays impacted world literature. He married Ann Hathaway, had three children, moved to London, and became shareholding director of Globe Theater, writing such classics as Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In King Henry VIII, 1613, act III, scene ii, line 456, Shakespeare wrote: […]

    • The American Minute: March 30 - 30 Mar 2013
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      During the Civil War, after issuing his Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln set a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, MARCH 30, 1863, stating: “It is the duty of nations…to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins…with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy…The awful calamity […]

    • The American Minute: March 29 - 29 Mar 2013
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      Tenth President John Tyler was born MARCH 29, 1790. He was the first Vice-President ever to assume the Presidency when William Henry Harrison died after only one month in office. To mourn Harrison’s death, President John Tyler’s first act was to proclaim a National Day of Fasting and Prayer, in which he stated: “When a […]

    • The American Minute: March 28 - 28 Mar 2013
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      On MARCH 28, 1885, the Salvation Army was organized in the United States. It was begun in England by “General” William Booth in 1865, who conducted meetings among the poor in London’s East End slums. Originally named the Christian Mission, he designed uniforms and adopted a semi-military system of leadership. On December 1, 1965, President […]

    • The American Minute: March 27 - 27 Mar 2013
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      President John Adams’ son, John Quincy Adams, was U.S. Minister to Russia. In September 1811, John Quincy Adams wrote from St. Petersburg to one of his sons: “My dear Son…You mentioned that you read to your aunt a chapter in the Bible…every evening. This information gave me real pleasure…” John Quincy Adams continued: “So great […]