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Civil War

Understanding America

America at a Crossroads There is a saying, that “When great evil occurs, great good follows”. Certainly the events of the last few days have triggered a tsunami of eruptions not only in America, but around the world. Who are we – Americans – as a people? Many would look at the display of thugs […]

Something New Is Coming

Where are we going? Who are we? What does the future hold? We are indeed entering a momentous time. It is tectonic plates shifting deep beneath our dreaming anxious world. And something new is coming. ———– James Hilgendorf reading from “A New Myth for America”. James Hilgendorf is a writer, speaker, poet, and filmmaker. His […]

America & the Gods of War & Gold

We have lavished our money and resources upon everything but the people. Wars, Afganistan, Irag, trillions of dollars, devastating our economy, destroying the future of our youth, enriching the coffers of munitions manufacturers, builders of atomic and hydrogen bombs, helicopters, tanks, automatic rifles, armored personnel carriers, we are in perpetual war, supported by a war […]

The Continuing Call – “Come Out!”

I wrote before about one of the great, though perhaps not so well known, heroines from our American past – Abby Kelley Foster . She was a great fighter for civil rights and an end to slavery, and for women’s voting rights, during the Civil War period and beyond. What she is most remembered for […]

Civil War – A Spiritual Crossroads

In 1851, Harriet Beecher Stowe was living with her husband on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, when she began writing “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, the book that would become instrumental in galvanizing public opinion around the slavery issue just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. She wrote: “Up to this year, […]

America Reborn

James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

Abby Kelley Foster & “Come-Outerism” – High Noon for Republicans & Evangelicals

James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

Letter to the Heartland

I grew up my first eighteen years in a small town in Indiana, and cherish my experience there – so much so that in my early fifties I spent a year at my own expense traveling all around the State, talking to people and producing a one-hour film on Indiana that was subsequently written up […]

The Virus is Us

Greed fosters pestilence. The diseased heart breeds the virus. Trump is the virus. Those who champion division and chaos and the desecration of the ‘other’ – this is the virus. Those who tout racial superiority, build walls against outsiders, tear down any man or woman who exhibits true greatness, compassion, or selflessness; who fracture the […]

Drum Roll – A Call for Patriots

Racism and religious bigotry are two of the viruses that need to be rooted out once and for all from the American psyche. We are confronting both at this crucial juncture in our nation’s history. In his pamphlet, “Common Sense”, one of our great Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine, called out to his compatriots for help […]