Articles by: americansystemnow

Washington enters New York City on Evacuation Day, Nov. 25, 1783

A 1783 Thanksgiving: Evacuation Day

By Pamela Lowry General Washington Enters New York City as the British Troops End their Seven-Year Occupation On November 25, 1783, General George Washington received the final word from Sir Guy Carleton that the last of the British troops would be withdrawn from New York City. It had been a […]

by November 26, 2019 Archive, History
Rudy Arredondo, president of the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association.

Latino Farmers Endorse Infrastructure Bank

Nov. 12, 2019—The national congress of the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association passed a resolution in support of a National Infrastructure Bank on Nov. 2. The group’s president, Rudy Arredondo, works in Washington, D.C., and has been an active lobbyist for the bank. For an overview of other […]

by November 12, 2019 News Shorts
Leaking pipes like this are also often contaminated with lead.

Contaminated Water Crisis Surfaces in Chicago

By Angela Vullo October 3, 2019–On September 23, 2019, Illinois State Representative Mary Flowers called for an emergency hearing in Chicago to determine the causes of lead contamination in the city’s drinking water. Chicago has now joined Flint, Newark, and many other American cities in exposing the deadly threat of […]

by October 3, 2019 Infrastructure, News
Michigan state house

National Bank Resolution Introduced in Michigan

Sept. 23, 2019—The following resolution was submitted to the Michigan State Senate on Sept. 13.  More than a dozen other state legislatures are considering similar resolutions. Over the course of 2019, three state legislatures–Illinois, South Carolina, and Alabama–have passed the resolution. A model draft of legislation for a Federal bill […]

by September 23, 2019 Infrastructure Bank, News Shorts
The Marshall event at the family's second home. Photo courtesy of Mike Chirieleison, MDC Photography.

A Rare Visit to John Marshall’s Boyhood Homes

By Edward Spannaus Sept. 19, 2019–Participants had a rare opportunity to view the boyhood homes of Chief Justice John Marshall, at an event held at two locations in Fauquier County, Virginia, on Sunday, September 15.  The program, entitled “Patriot of the Piedmont: John Marshall and Fauquier County,” was sponsored by […]

by September 19, 2019 History, News
Russia's floating nuclear plant, the Akademik Lomonovosov, features modern small reactors.

Debate on Nuclear Power Intensifies

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 18, 2019—Just as the future of the young United States depended upon a decision to industrialize, so the future of our country today depends upon investing in a vast expansion of nuclear power, both fission and fusion. Thus it is a good sign that the debate […]

by September 18, 2019 News Shorts, Nuclear Power
An artist's conception of a maglev from D.C. to NYC. The trip would take one hour.

Will 2020 Bring Winds of Change?

By Angela Vullo Aug. 24, 2019–On Sunday night, August 18, MSNBC completed a four-part docuseries called “American Swamp,” which included a segment on infrastructure entitled “Bill to Nowhere.”  The segment detailed both the crisis condition of our national infrastructure and the gridlock in Washington which has failed to address this […]

by August 24, 2019 Commentary
From a poster at the Lincoln Cottage, the President's summer home in Washington, D.C.

Lincoln: What Makes a True American

By Bonnie James July 22, 2019–Abraham Lincoln gave the speech excerpted here, which came to be known as the “Electric Cord Speech,” as celebrations of the nation’s 82nd Independence Day were underway in 1858. Lincoln was then anticipating his Senate campaign against the “Little Giant,” Stephen A. Douglas. The famous […]

by July 22, 2019 Commentary, History
Earthrise

Apollo 11: Can We Recapture Its Spirit Today?

By Bonnie James By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs National Gallery of Art July 14, 2019-January 5, 2020 July 15, 2019–The National Gallery of Art is offering a small, but fascinating exhibition titled, “By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar […]

by July 15, 2019 News, Review
This graph by the Congressional Budget Office notes the collapse of Federal infrastructure spending.

State Tax Increases Won’t Solve Infrastructure Crisis

July 6, 2019—As of July 1, 12 states raised their gasoline taxes, in a concerted effort to get the revenue to deal with their collapsing bridges and highways. The actions follow a pattern from recent years, over which time the Federal share of contributions to building and maintaining the nation’s […]

by July 6, 2019 Infrastructure, News Shorts