The Anti-Federalist Papers: Centinel II

On this day in 1787, an author writing under the pseudonym “Centinel” writes his second contribution to the anti-Federalist Papers. These papers argued against the new Constitution, then being considered for ratification by the states. Centinel emphasizes the need for a free press. “As long as the liberty of the press continues unviolated,” he writes, […]

Medal of Honor Monday: Charles H. Coolidge refuses to surrender

On this day in 1944, Charles H. Coolidge begins a four-day ordeal that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. At the time, he barely even knew what the Medal was! He’d heard of it only because Sergeant Alvin York had grown up about 100 miles away from his hometown in Tennessee. Coolidge had […]

This Day in History: The end of the Pony Express

On this day in 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph is sent, bringing an end to the Pony Express. The task seemed impossible at first! How could cable be stretched over 2,000 miles of country, including the Rocky Mountains and many areas where it was assumed that Indians would cut down lines or attack the workers? […]