Articles by: Nancy Spannaus

The Fight Behind the Declaration

The Fight Behind the Declaration

By Nancy Spannaus July 1, 2019–Put yourself, in your mind’s eye, back in June of 1776, specifically, the period between June 7 and July 1. It is precisely at that time that one of the most crucial political battles in the history of the American republic was fought—the battle over […]

by July 2, 2019 Commentary
A depiction of a Lincoln-Douglas debate (National Park Service)

A Reflection on Candidate Debates

By Nancy Spannaus June 30, 2019—A quick survey of the commentary on the recent Democratic presidential debates confirms that I am not the only person who was immediately struck by the contrast between these “sound-byte” events and the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. But I believe that in this time […]

by June 30, 2019 Commentary
Dr. Kate Brown speaks in the Cash Room at Treasury June 16, 2019.

Hamilton’s Legacy in Law Presented at Treasury

By Nancy Spannaus June 26, 2019—Historian Kate Brown presented Alexander Hamilton’s the legacy in law to a nearly full house at today’s noontime lecture at the U.S. Treasury Department. The event was part of a regular bimonthly series sponsored by the Treasury Historical Association. Members of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness […]

by June 27, 2019 News
Ohio's Perry plant, on Lake Erie.

Decision Time for Ohio Nuclear

By Nancy Spannaus June 24, 2019—Ohio state legislators are currently working against the clock to save the state’s only two nuclear power plants. The plants’ owners, FirstEnergy Solutions, have set a deadline of June 30 in order to decide whether to order more nuclear fuel, or move to close the […]

by June 24, 2019 News
The Tom Thumb, the B&O Railroads premier engine. Rail was an industry Mathew Carey promoted.

Mathew Carey Revived Hamiltonian Economics

By Nancy Spannaus June 19, 2019—The seminal role of Mathew Carey (1760-1839) in promoting and advancing the American System of political economy is a long and important story, mostly obscured in the United States. In this post, I concentrate on re-introducing him, with emphasis on one crucial aspect which is […]

by June 20, 2019 Commentary, History
Statues of the Lincoln-Douglas debate in Alton, Illinois. (Nancy Spannaus)

Remembering Lincoln’s “House Divided” Speech

By Nancy Spannaus June 16, 2019—In my Internet scanning today, I happened to note that it is the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s famous “House Divided” speech, which was given at the Illinois State Republican Convention in 1858. This was the convention which nominated Lincoln to run against Stephen Douglass for […]

by June 17, 2019 Commentary, History
American System founder Alexander Hamilton, a new statue at the Coast Guard Academy (Dianne Durante)

AmericanSystemNow Turns Two

By Nancy Spannaus June 16, 2019—Today, this blog turns two years old. Over the past two years, we have published 333 posts, ranging from reprints of key historic documents, to in-depth analyses of FDR’s New Deal and war mobilization, to more pithy analyses of current economic developments from the standpoint […]

by June 16, 2019 News
U.S. Federal Debt as percentage of GDP

Hamilton on Debt: Turn It into Capital!

by Nancy Spannaus June 15, 2019–In their June 12 column in Wall Street on Parade, Pam and Russ Martens reviewed the scandal of the century—the fact that the Federal Reserve has bailed out Wall Street to the tune of $27 trillion since the crash of 2008-9. They concluded, appropriately, with […]

by June 15, 2019 Commentary, News
Franklin Roosevelt Addresses the Nation on Banking Crisis in March, 1933

Celebrating FDR’s Hamiltonian Hundred Days

By Nancy Spannaus June 13, 2019—As this blog has argued before, the first Hundred Days of the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) represented a dramatic turning point  in American history.  As he had promised, FDR asserted the responsibility of the Federal Government to fulfill its Constitutional duty to promote […]

by June 13, 2019 Commentary
"Hooverville" in 1930s Seattle, one of the largest in the country.

Tackling the Housing Crisis

Learning from FDR’s Emergency Action By Nancy Spannaus June 11, 2019—The 2008-9 period of mass housing foreclosures may be over, but the housing crisis in the United States is not. Exorbitant prices in the nation’s major cities, along with burgeoning homelessness centered in many of those same locations, attest to […]

by June 11, 2019 Commentary, History