Counsels And Maxims

Counsels and Maxims is a classic work by noted German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. His work has influenced some of the modern world's greatest thinkers, including Carl Jung,...

Disapproving and Accepting the Constitution

Today, the US Constitution is held as sacred and infallible. But the process of creating it was lengthy, painstaking, and fraught with disagreement. The evidence of this historic...

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

Prepare to be mesmerized by this tale by Edgar Allen Poe of pseudoscience gone wrong. On the brink of death, the friend of a notable mesmerist commits to an experiment of hypnosis...

The Conservation of Natural Resources

Many consider Theodore Roosevelt to be America’s most conservation-minded president. Throughout his presidency, he worked to preserve endangered animals and their habitats. In...

Lakota Accounts of the Massacre at Wounded Knee

On December 29, 1890, the U.S. military entered the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with the intention of disarming the natives. When met with resistance, the cavalry opened...

Advice to Youth

Mark Twain wrote this essay when asked to share something with America’s youth. Though he begins in a serious tone, his advice quickly takes a turn for the satirical: “Always...

Taxation

Mark Twain delivered this humorous speech on taxation and morality at the Tuskegee Institute to commemorate its 25th anniversary. With his signature ironic wit, he told the...

Washington's Farewell Address

After twenty years in public service, George Washington turned down a third term as president with this memorable farewell address. In it, he implores the American public to be...

The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid

Billy the Kid was a real-life outlaw, a cattle rustler in the southwest who was wanted—dead or alive. One fateful night in 1881, he was shot and killed in a darkened room by...

Power through Prayer

E.M. Bounds examines the importance of prayer in a Christian’s life with this seminal book that is still studied widely today. Bounds, a former Army chaplain, directed his text...

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