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  • The plot to make a nation

    In American Creation (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007, 283 pages), Joseph J. Ellis described crucial stages in the formation of the United States, from the Declaration of Independence to the Constitutional Convention to the development of political parties. The result, he writes, is “the triumph of representative government bottomed on the principle of popular sovereignty, a market economy fueled by the energies of unfettered citizens, a secular state unaffiliated with any official religion, and the rule of law that presumed the equality of all citizens.”
  • Quotation from treaty, not John Adams

    Geoff Chambers, in his letter to the editor, declared that John Adams wrote, "The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." Adams did not write that. It was part of the Treaty of Friendship with Tripoli...

    Founding Fathers favored religious tolerance

    The idea that we are a nation founded on Christian ideals is without merit. The Federalist Papers make no mention of Christ or God. The same is true of the Constitution. Not a single reference. In fact, the Declaration of Independence is the only one...

    What sort of stuff do people steal from the White House?

    Every detail of the recent state dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was carefully orchestrated and touched with the kind of sophistication one would expect from the White House — from the cherry blossom and orchid table arrangements to...

    Junipero Serra was no 'founding father'

    To the editor: Pope Francis is either woefully ignorant of the history of the United States or unconcerned with blatantly bending the truth. ("Pope Francis praises Junipero Serra as U.S. 'founding father,'" May 2) Junipero Serra was not one of the...