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400 years ago

History | Planning for a commonwealth
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/08/19, 02:19 pm

This summer brings important 400th anniversaries. On July 30, 1619, the Virginia General Assembly, the first representative governing body in British America, met in a Jamestown church. Late in August a ship brought against their will 20 or so Africans, the first of their race in British America. The lack of a precise date or number suggests that already these captives were not being treated as individual human beings made in God’s image.

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Steam power and poverty

History | James Watt, Thomas Chalmers, and 'The Expulsive Power of a New Affection'
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/07/19, 12:41 am

James Watt died 200 years ago this summer, but his face now graces the Bank of England’s 50-pound bills, each worth about $56. A sentence below his picture explains why Watt had a Eureka! moment on the Glasgow Green that led to his invention of steam engine improvements that revolutionized commerce: “I can think of nothing else but this machine.”

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Teddy the ‘cyclone’

Biography | The youthful energy of a Biblically informed Theodore Roosevelt, Part 1
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/01/19, 08:38 am

Editor’s note: Marvin Olasky continues his monthly biographical series on key individuals from late 19th and early 20th century American history. In February and March, we looked at the life of John D. Rockefeller. In April and May, we studied Grover Cleveland.

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