Bob Diamond

$50 billion Nicaragua Canal and a 1-Cent Stamp

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Nicaragua, The Panama Canal and a 1-Cent Stamp Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company recently announced that they have broken ground on the $50 billion transoceanic waterway that they predict will rival the Panama Canal. Historians offer Nicaragua advice – don’t print any more stamps or coins showing the previous …

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HISTORICALLY YOURS The 1914 Christmas Truce

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The remarkable events that took place in the military trenches in France on Christmas Eve 1914 appears to be pure fiction, except, it is entirely true. Although World War I was only five months old, over one million soldiers had already died. In certain areas, no more than 30 yards …

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Washington’s brother Lawrence and Cartagena

Years ago, Arlene and I visited the beautiful Colombian walled city of Cartagena, on the westerly side of the Caribbean. We had an unusual conversation with a resident who held a grudge against the United States. “Don’t you know your history,” he said. “George Washington’s brother Lawrence helped lead a …

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The Birth State of Andrew Jackson?

Andrew Jackson is rated in numerous historical polls as our sixth greatest president. South Carolina and North Carolina each claim to be his birth state. Which state is correct? Andrew Jackson (father of the future president), a farmer from Ireland and his wife Elizabeth decided to seek a new life …

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Lincoln, Grant and the Jews

In December 1862, in the Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant, in charge of the Western territory, initiated the most sweeping anti-Semitic regulation in all of American History. He issued General Order No. 11, “which expelled all Jews from Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, within 24 hours and any Jews remaining …

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David Levy Yulee – ‘The Florida Fire Eater’

Moses Levy, an observant Jew, took great pride in 1845 when his son David was elected as America’s first Jewish U.S. Senator. It was short lived. It all started when Rachel Levy, a young English Jewess, was captured by Moroccan pirates and sold to a prominent Muslim named Jacoub ibn …

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Jefferson – The Ambiguities of Human Nature

I recently had the pleasure to attend a lecture at Broward College by Pulitzer Prize author Jon Meacham (Thomas Jefferson, The Art of Power). Meacham’s conclusion, “Although Jefferson was flawed and a hypocrite over the issues of blacks and slavery, he still deserves credit as one of our greatest presidents.” …

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