Dolly Madison — Hostess With The Mostess

By Don Vitale You’ve heard it said– many times I’m sure– that behind every successful man, there’s a strong, wise, hardworking woman. While you may draw a blank to come up with examples on the spot, friends, look no further than Dolly Madison, this country’s official First Lady, the wife of President James Madison. Great […]

The Man You Won’t Find In Your Early American History Books

By Don Vitale Here’s someone I came across the other day…a fellow who made what I would call singular contributions in the infant days of the Republic. Yet I dare you to find him in any of your American history books. Not in our history books? Singular contributions? For starters, how about a fellow who […]

Dear Miss Adorable…The John And Abigail Adams Love Story Continues

By Don Vitale I hope you don’t think that my previous post recounting John and Abigail’s letter writing was the last word on the subject. Good Godfrey, friends, we could shoot the breeze from now to eternity on that subject. Yessirree, that post was merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg. John and Abigail Adams […]

The One Thousand Letter Love Story

By Don Vitale Did the Man say one thousand one hundred and sixty letters? Look, can’t we just call it an even thousand? Your nodding says “No.” Okay, one thousand one hundred and sixty it is. We’re talking letters, folks. Letters that John Adams and his wife Abigail wrote each other during their lifetime. Impressive? […]

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Both Died On The Same 4th of July! Coincidence?

By Don Vitale Are you with me on this? Can you possibly believe the odds that two Founding Fathers would die on the Fourth of July. To be precise…on July 4th, 1826. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Both men on the same day…in the same year. And not just any July 4th. Nosiree my good […]

Taking The Monroe Doctrine Exam

By Don Vitale Let’s face it, Americans are clueless when it comes to this country’s founding principles. Take the Monroe Doctrine. Let me tell you, this is a high-octane,Take-No-Prisoners, Private-Property-Trespassers-Beware foreign policy. Don’t believe me? Take the Monroe Doctrine Exam. It’s The Man-On-The-Street approach. Ask any ten fellow Americans this simple question, namely: What exactly […]

Saving Patrick Henry!

By Don Vitale If you’re reading this to better understand early America, you need to repeat after me: “There-Was-No-Media.” Why? Because our Founders lived at a time when there was nothing that even barely resembles what we now have and use on a daily basis. In other words No Internet, No iPhone or Texting. No […]

How Washington Died

By Don Vitale It was 10 in the morning when George Washington rode his horse through heavy snow to inspect his plantation at Mount Vernon. Still physically robust at the age of 67, Washington spent five hours outside marking trees he planned to cut….riding amidst snow, hail and freezing rain. By the time he arrived […]

Dueling In America – How Alexander Hamilton Lost His Life!

By Don Vitale Historians say it’s the most famous duel in American History. I agree….definitely one for the history books. The Scene: Sunrise on the morning of July 11, 1804. The Place: A popular dueling ground at the Heights of Weehawken, New Jersey above the Hudson River. The Duelers:  Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. They […]