Author Archives: Fred Zilian

The US Enters World War I

(This essay was originally published as “April 6, 1917: The US Goes ‘Over There’”, in the Newport Daily News on April 6, 2017.) One hundred years ago today, the United States declared war on Germany, joining the war almost three … Continue reading

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West Point at 215, Graduates Defend and Serve the Nation

(This essay was originally published as “West Point Going Strong at 215,” in the Newport Daily News on March 16, 2017.”) As the U.S. Military Academy at West Point celebrates its 215th anniversary, the ever-uncertain international security environment and the … Continue reading

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Trump: White American Cincinnatus

(This essay was originally published as “Is Trump the 21st Century Cincinnatus?” by the History News Network [online] on February 26, 2017) In dire times the ancient Romans would appoint a dictator, giving him unchecked power to lead the Roman … Continue reading

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Civility: An Essential of Civilization

(This essay was originally published as “Civilization is Dependent upon Civility,” February 11, 2017, in the Newport Daily News.) The growing incivility in American civilization has finally hit home for me. For the first time, someone posted a comment with … Continue reading

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An American Creed?

(This essay was originally published as “Do We Need an American Creed?” on January 15, 2017, by the online History News Network.) After such a harsh, uncivil election season and with a new presidency approaching, the necessity of reaffirming an … Continue reading

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Move Over Lone Ranger; Here Comes Martin Luther King

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on January 16, 2017.) About twenty years ago, I attended a conference in California where we discussed the ideas of the famous 17th century philosopher-scientist Francis Bacon. I learned much … Continue reading

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British and Hessian Forces Occupy Newport, Island

(This essay was originally published as “Dec. 8, 1776: Newport Invaded,” on December 8, 2016, by the Newport Daily News.) Two hundred and forty years ago today, British and Hessian forces landed and occupied Aquidneck Island, beginning a nearly three-year … Continue reading

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