Articles by: Nancy Spannaus

The Second Bank of the United States was key to the U.S.'s 1820 infrastructure boom.

Movement for National Infrastructure Bank Grows

By Nancy Spannaus July 21, 2021—Over the last few months, legislators in five states have passed Memorials to Congress urging the passage of a $5 trillion National Infrastructure Bank (NIB), as outlined in the current House Bill 3339. Both houses in Maine, Nevada, and Rhode Island have endorsed such legislation, […]

by July 22, 2021 0 comments Infrastructure, News
New Videos on American System Now

New Videos on American System Now

By Nancy Spannaus July 18, 2021—I’m pleased to announce the posting of two new videos on the You Tube channel of AmericanSystemNow, both devoted to setting out the American System principles which have been buried or vilified for so long. The first is a three-minute ad, suitable for circulating widely […]

by July 18, 2021 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, News
A Hamilton tribute at his graveside ceremony in 2018.

The Tragedy of Alexander Hamilton’s Death

By Nancy Spannaus July 11, 2021—For the second year in a row, ceremonies at the gravesite of Alexander Hamilton at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan have had to be cancelled due to pandemic precautions. But that should not stop us from commemorating the life of this great man, and acknowledging […]

by July 11, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
A partial photo of the book cover

“President Hamilton” Tackles Slavery

President Hamilton, A Novel of Alternative History by Lewis Ben Smith Electio Publications, Little Elm, Texas, 653 pp, paperback $24.99, Kindle $8.99 A review by Nancy Spannaus, author of Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System of Economics July 4, 2021—What if Alexander Hamilton had survived […]

by July 4, 2021 0 comments Review, Slavery
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Why We Celebrate Gottfried Leibniz

On the occasion of his birthday, July 1, 1646 By Nancy Spannaus July 1, 2021—I’m asking you to join me in celebrating the 375th birthday of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, a universal genius whose ideas played a critical role in shaping the American republic. You can do that by exploring his […]

by July 1, 2021 1 comment Manufacturing, News
The devastation from the 1837 crash.

Lincoln’s Campaign for a National Bank

By Nancy Spannaus June 25, 2021—As the Whig Party geared up for the presidential elections of 1840, the United States was mired in a deep depression. While that depression had been brought on by the Jackson Administration’s dismantling of the Second Bank of the United States, there was not broad […]

by June 25, 2021 0 comments History, Infrastructure Bank
The Juneteenth flag

An Inspiring, Educational Juneteenth Celebration

By Nancy Spannaus June 21, 2021–“By virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including […]

by June 21, 2021 1 comment News, Slavery
Detail of Lorenzetti's fresco Allegory of Good Government in the Town (wikimedia)

Explore the Roots of the American System

By Nancy Spannaus June 14, 2021—One of the common questions I am asked during my classes of Alexander Hamilton’s American System is: Where did Hamilton get his ideas? In a one-and-a-half-hour presentation on June 6, I addressed that question at some length. My power point presentation was entitled “Cameralism, Leibniz, […]

by June 14, 2021 0 comments History, News
Leaking pipes like these are often also contaminated with lead.

An Infrastructure Funding Solution in Plain Sight!

By Nancy Spannaus June 10, 2021—As President Biden shifts course from negotiating with the GOP, to counting on a bipartisan “Group of 20” in the Senate to come up with an infrastructure compromise plan, the ideal solution for funding the trillions of dollars required is in plain sight. As I […]

by June 10, 2021 0 comments Infrastructure Bank, News
A photograph of the First Decoration Day, May 30, 1868.

Memorial Day and the Road to Reconciliation

By Edward and Nancy Spannaus May 30, 2021—In his Second Inaugural Address, which occurred only 41 days before his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln concluded with an appeal for bringing the nation together: With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to […]

by May 30, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History