Washington and Religion

George Washington, the great-great grandson of Anglican pastor Lawrence Washington, was “always a strict and decorous observer of the Sabbath.” Born February 22, 1732 he thought the only Being a citizen had to answer in terms of religion was God. Evangelical George Whitefield and the first Great Awakening made little impression. “You doubtless remember, that […]

Thanksgiving History

A holiday quiz: Which of the following contributed to the creation of America’s Thanksgiving holiday tradition(s)? Berkeley Company The Pilgrim George Washington Abraham Lincoln Calvin Coolidge Franklin D. Roosevelt Question 2, chose one: In which year did the chrysanthemum become the traditional Thanksgiving flower? 1845 1905 1942 Each contributed to the Thanksgiving holiday tradition in […]

Jay’s Treaty

In February 1790 Benjamin Franklin, on behalf of Pennsylvania’s anti-slavery society, petitioned Congress to abolish slavery; “to devise means for removing the Inconsistency from the Character of the American People.” The petition triggered a national debate and slave owners were displeased. President Washington’s cabinet—which included Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, a Virginia Democratic-Republican, and Secretary […]