Displaying posts categorized under

Real America

Our Dreams are the Dreams of Life.

Through pursuing our dreams, we learn to believe in ourselves. We gain power. We come to realize that nothing is impossible. ________________________________________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of eleven non-fiction books. His latest book is “Capricorn & Cancer”, a story of love and marriage amid the pandemic. In their 50th […]

Langston Hughes – Poet of a Great Dream of America

Poet, novelist, fiction writer, and playwright, Langston Hughes was widely known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance, an intellectual, social, and artistic explosion that took place in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. His family background and upbringing was complicated.  Both of his paternal great-grandmothers were African-American slaves; and both of his […]

The Struggle to Awaken to a Larger Life

The carnage of a Trump Presidency, the division and chaos and twisting of the truth, have brought us to a point of deep introspection, forcing all of us, even against our will, to confront the question of who we really are, both as individuals and as a nation. It seems clear that we are going […]

The Black Death, the Coronavirus Pandemic, & the Renaissance of America.

During the 14th century, the plague, or Black Death, ravaged all of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa, causing enormous upheavals in all areas of society. Its peak occurred around the years 1347-1350. During these years, upwards of two hundred million people died of the plague. Europe, alone, lost perhaps half of its population. The most […]

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 […]

You are the Center. Realize it.

The dream of America is more than the huddled masses coming to our shores. It is more than a flag waving in the wind. It is more than the opportunities to get a job or make money or start a business or freedom of religion or liberty bells. It is something deeper than heretofore imagined. […]

The True America

The Original & True Dream of America. James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

Theodore Parker: Early Religious and Social Reformer.

Although relatively unknown today, Theodore Parker, who lived in the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War, was an American whose life exerted a tremendous influence upon his own times, and whose thought and actions still reverberate at the very heart of modern day issues. In one speech, Parker used the phrase, “A democracy […]

America, Without Borders

Here in America, it’s time for a great renewal and rebuilding. James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

The Springtime of America

A vision of life and of the heart that has never before unfolded. James Hilgendorf is a writer, speaker, poet, and filmmaker. His books cover a wide range of subjects – religion, politics, economics, science, social issues, the future of America. A highly-acclaimed filmmaker, his travel films and documentaries have been seen around the world. […]