World War I Heroes Honored in St. Louis, MO

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On Monday, February 24, 1919, St. Louis’ African-American community welcomed home several World  War I heroes.  Nearly 100 African-American war veterans returned to a heroes welcome in the St. Paul A.M.E. church at Lawton and Leffingwell Avenues. Six of the men won the Croix de guerre Medal of Bravery from the French government.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch article about their

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Boss Butler and the St. Louis Machine

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When it comes to machine politics and organized crime, Kansas City has always outshone St. Louis.  Kansas City’s Pendergast political machine helped land Harry S. Truman in the White House.  Kansas City was also home to several high-profile gangland shootings.  St. Louis’ last organized crime leader was arrested for playing cards. We did have a Democratic party political machine around

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Leadership Lessons from General Grant

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Horace Porter was General Ulysess S. Grant’s aide-de-camp during the final years of the Civil War and his personal secretary during Grant’s White House years.  In 1897, Porter wrote about his experience with Grant during the Civil War in a book titled Campaigning with Grant.  The book  has proven to be fairly accurate considering it was written 30 years after

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Reimaging in the New Christianity

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 I wrote this article after reading comments from a well-known former pastor. He stated  “It’s been clearly communicated to many that this belief (in hell as conscious, eternal torment) is a central truth of the Christian faith and to reject it is, in essence, to reject Jesus. This is misguided and toxic and ultimately subverts the contagious spread of Jesus’

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