The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

In early June 1912, a cataclysmic explosion occurred in a remote area of Alaska, about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage. The explosion was so massive that its effects were felt in places as far away from the explosion as Washington D.C., as high-altitude haze robbed the northern temperate zone of about 10% of the Sun’s…

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John Adams: In Favor of Independence

Daniel Webster delivered a speech in Boston on August 2, 1826 as a celebration of the lives of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who had both died on July 4, 1826, 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. The complete speech can be found in his book Daniel Webster for Young Americans: The…

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The Son

The city of Dana Point in Southern California was named after American politician and lawyer Richard Henry Dana, who described the area in his book Two Years Before the Mast. The following essay from the book The Idle Man was transcribed by me in Anniversary Gregg for the blog. Attachment: the-son.pdf

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The Unvanished American

This interesting article details the saga of the American bison — colloquially known as the buffalo — in the United States. I transcribed it for the blog in Anniversary Gregg. Attachment: the-unvanished-american.pdf

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Our Reservoir of World Respect and Hope – Part 1

The following address by American lawyer and corporate executive Wendell L. Willkie, who ran against Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940, was delivered over the radio on October 26, 1942. This speech formed the basis of Willkie’s book One World, published in 1943, which became at the time the greatest nonfiction bestseller to date in US…

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