Parker & the PTO

I am not just a kibble-eating poodle.  I am a trademarked™—notice my byline—kibble-eating poodle.  Pure blooded, I am a mix.  I am both personal and intellectual property.   My mistress and I went to Alexandria’s Patent and Trademark Office, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum to learn more.  Intellectual property is protected in […]

Woodrow Wilson – 28th President

Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was a child of the Civil War; a pacifist who led his country into WWI, a domestic reformer who failed to fully implement the post-war League of Nations.  Tommy was born December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia, the Scotch-Irish son of Presbyterian minister Joseph Ruggles Wilson […]

Suffrage & The Woman’s Bible

In 1895 Democrat Grover Cleveland was in the White House; the US Supreme Court ruled that the Sherman Anti-trust Act applied only to monopolies involved in interstate commerce, and the Populist Party collapsed.  Cuban insurgents revolted against Spanish rule, American women rode bicycles, and suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton published part one of The Woman’s Bible.  […]

Charles Houston & Brown

Negro attorney Charles Hamilton Houston’s colleagues, despite his death in 1950 at age 54, recognize him as the legal genius most responsible for racial integration.  His strategy was carefully created, “a protracted legal struggle based on the planned, deliberate prosecution of test cases.”  Houston’s legal team included former Howard University law students, black NAACP lawyers […]

Henry Lee & the War of 1812

By 1812 Virginia’s political dynasty was well entrenched.  Democratic-Republican President James Madison, who succeeded Democratic-Republican President Thomas Jefferson, was preparing for re-election. Madison’s Secretary of State James Monroe was also Democratic-Republican.  Treachery dominated the high seas, the 1806 Monroe-Pinckney Treaty failed and American sailors remained in peril. England and Napoleon’s France were at war. “To go […]

Lincoln and the Lieber Code

On January 1, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  The Proclamation, a rewrite of a preliminary September 22, 1862 release, mostly freed the slaves.  Civil War raged and Lincoln’s pen was mightier than the sword. “Liberty is a slow fruit,” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in November 1862, “and now comes Lincoln’s Proclamation…The President […]