Archive for January, 2019

Leaders of the First Continental Congress, which vowed to stop the slave trade.

Guess Who Insisted on Slavery in Colonial America?

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 30, 2019—Abraham Lincoln was right when he declared that, at the time of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the Constitution, it was widely expected that slavery was on the wane, and would soon die out. That broad sentiment is actually a matter of […]

by January 31, 2019 Commentary, History
This dam at Lake Marion, South Carolina, was built by the WPA as part of rural electrication.

South Carolina Reps Pass Memorial for an American Recovery Program

Jan. 28, 2019—On Jan 22 the South Carolina House of Representatives became the first state legislature in 2019 to pass a resolution calling for Congress to establish a National Infrastructure Bank. The proposed Bank, modelled on the successful national banking systems of Alexander Hamilton, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and […]

by January 28, 2019 News
A demonstration on the eve of the LA Teachers' Strike

Beyond the Los Angeles Teachers’ Victory

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 27, 2019—On Jan. 22 one of the largest teachers’ unions in the country won a significant victory after a six-day strike. United Teachers Los Angeles won a six percent raise, and a number of improvements in school conditions, including commitments for smaller class sizes, more nurses, […]

by January 27, 2019 Commentary
A depiction of the Boston Tea Party, December 1773.

Let Ben Franklin Tell the Story of the American Revolution

(Jan. 23, 2019–The following is a recent open letter to the leadership of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, which I believe is worthy of much wider circulation. It is published with the permission of the author.—Nancy Spannaus) By Mark Fairchild Recently I visited the Museum of the […]

by January 23, 2019 Commentary
Illinois infrastructure needs as determined by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Resolution for a National Infrastructure Bank Introduced in Illinois

Jan. 22, 2019—The following resolution urging Congress to establish a National Infrastructure Bank was introduced into the Illinois state legislature in late December by Representative Mary Flowers (D-31). For a short video explaining how such a bank would work, click here. WHEREAS, The United States is in a deep infrastructure […]

by January 22, 2019 News Shorts
Benjamin Franklin, Carey's original sponsor, was a preeminent spokesman for the political economy Carey came to espouse.

Ben Franklin on the Issue of Credit

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2019—Some words of wisdom from our philosopher-founder Benjamin Franklin are surely appropriate in these times, and his 313th birthday—to be celebrated today—is a good time to pay them heed.  Old Ben is known for shaping many aspects of our fight for independence, but one area […]

by January 17, 2019 Commentary, History
Video is available here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnCaBx9oxsc&feature=youtu.be

Video: The Fight for the National Infrastructure Bank 2019

  The full National Infrastructure Bank proposal can be found here.

by January 13, 2019 Infrastructure, News
Hamilton’s 262nd Birthday Celebrated in NYC and Nevis

Hamilton’s 262nd Birthday Celebrated in NYC and Nevis

New York City, Jan. 12, 2019—The annual Alexander Hamilton birthday celebration took place this year in two places—Trinity Church in Manhattan, and at the Alexander Hamilton Birthplace Museum in Charlestown, Nevis. While those in New York City labored under what some called “Valley Forge” conditions of cold and wind, the […]

by January 12, 2019 News Shorts
Dr. Kate Brown addresses the Hamilton birthday celebration January 11, 2019.

Scholar: How Alexander Hamilton Impacted American Law

By Nancy Spannaus New York City, Jan. 12, 2019—The Alexander Hamilton birthday celebrations in New York City this year featured a fascinating lecture by Dr. Kate Elizabeth Brown, author of the recent book Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law. Brown addressed an audience of 60 plus Hamiltonians at […]

by January 12, 2019 News
Hamilton's grand industrial project at Passaic Falls, New Jersey was part of his broad economic vision. (Leonard A. Zax)

An Appreciation of Hamilton’s Society for Useful Manufactures

(The following was written in celebration of Alexander Hamilton’s 262nd birthday, which occurs on January 11th.) By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 9, 2019—One appropriate way to get to know and appreciate Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s vision and accomplishments for our nation is to get acquainted with his pioneer project in manufacturing, […]

by January 9, 2019 Commentary, History