Who Holdeth the Nations

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Colonel Roosevelt and his Rough Riders at the top of the hill which they captured, Battle of San Juan

Colonel Roosevelt and his Rough Riders at the top of the hill which they captured, Battle of San Juan

American Minute from William J. Federer

Rick Kriebel 2016

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Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders charged up Cuba’s San Juan Hill and captured it JULY 1, 1898.

After eight hours of heavy fighting over 1,500 Americans lay dead or wounded.

Just 4 months prior the U.S.S Maine was blown up in Havana’s Harbor.

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Teddy Roosevelt resigned as Assistant Secretary of the Navy and organized the first volunteer cavalry, made up of polo riders, cowboys and even Indians.

Forty years earlier, President James Buchanan stated December 19, 1859:

“When a market for African slaves shall no longer be furnished in Cuba…

Christianity and civilization may gradually penetrate the existing gloom.”

President Ulysses S. Grant stated December 2, 1872:

“Slavery in Cuba is…a terrible evil…It is greatly to be hoped that…Spain will voluntarily adopt…emancipation…in sympathy with the other powers of the Christian and civilized world.”

On July 6, 1898, after the Battle of San Juan Hill, President William McKinley wrote:

“At a time…of the…glorious achievements of the naval and military arms…at Santiago de Cuba, it is fitting that we should pause and…reverently bow before the throne of divine grace and give devout praise to God, who holdeth the nations in the hollow of His Hands.”


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William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousands on the internet.
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