Articles by: Nancy Spannaus

A screenshot from Als' video documentary

Speaking Up for Alexander Hamilton

By Nancy Spannaus March 22, 2021—Over the last two days, two prominent advocates for Alexander Hamilton have come forward to defend Hamilton’s legacy as a visionary statesman, including against the charges that he was an “enslaver.”  These important initiatives came from Douglas Hamilton, Hamilton’s fifth-great-grandson, who directly took on the […]

by March 22, 2021 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, News
The Maine State House in Augusta.

Maine Legislature Calls for National Infrastructure Bank

March 17, 2021—On March 11, the Maine Legislature unanimously approved a joint resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to develop and fund a National Infrastructure Bank. SP 297, a “Joint Resolution Memorializing the President of The United States and The United States Congress to Establish A National Infrastructure Bank,” was presented […]

by March 17, 2021 0 comments Infrastructure Bank, News Shorts
The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal today. It was the first canal to get funding from the Bank of the United States.

America’s 1820’s Infrastructure Boom

Part 2 of Funding Infrastructure the American System Way. Part 1 can be found here . By Nancy Spannaus March 15, 2021–Anyone looking seriously at how to fund a comprehensive infrastructure plan for the United States must take an in-depth look at America’s 1820’s infrastructure boom. In the period between […]

by March 15, 2021 1 comment Commentary, Infrastructure
The Watts Bar nuclear plant, one of three run by the TVA.

Biden’s Climate Plan Has a Nuclear Solution

By Jonathan Tennenbaum (March 7, 2021–The following article is reprinted from Asia Times, which published it on March 5, as part 4 in a series entitled “Watch out! Biden wants to save the planet!” I consider its approach coherent with that I put forward in my recent post on nuclear […]

by March 7, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Nuclear Power
The crumbling Hudson River tunnel is a disaster waiting to happen, without major infrastructure investment.

Funding Infrastructure the American System Way

Part one of a series. Parts two, three and four are now available on this site. By Nancy Spannaus March 5, 2021—If there’s one issue the “left, right, and center” of American politics agree on, it’s that our country desperately needs to repair and upgrade its infrastructure, from transportation to water, […]

by March 4, 2021 3 comments History, Infrastructure
The three electric grids in the United States. Note the anomaly of Texas.

Learning from Energy Insanity in Texas

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 20, 2021—The dramatic failure of the electric grid in Texas this week, which at one point left more than 4 million of the state’s residents without electricity, should be an object lesson to the country. Texas’s deregulated energy grid is quintessential energy insanity; unfortunately, much of […]

by February 21, 2021 2 comments News, Nuclear Power
Frederick Douglass as a young man

Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass

by Nancy Spannaus Feb. 14, 2021—Being born enslaved, Frederick Augustus Bailey never could be sure of his birth day, or even year.  Ultimately, as he chose a new last name, Frederick Douglass also chose the date of his birth to be February 14, 1818. Thus, today it is appropriate to […]

by February 14, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Government
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (national park service)

Let Us Have Faith That Right Makes Might

In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday By Nancy Spannaus February 11, 2021–“Let us have faith that right makes might, and, in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”  Those were the words with which presidential aspirant Abraham Lincoln concluded his speech […]

by February 11, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
The Vogtle nuclear plant, under construction in Georgia, is the only plant being built in the U.S.

Expand Nuclear Power Now!

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 8, 2021—It is not only necessary, but urgent that the new Administration and U.S. Congress act immediately to expand investment in nuclear power. Such an investment conforms perfectly with Alexander Hamilton’s principles for the American System in two crucial ways. First, it puts the “mechanical genius” […]

by February 8, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Nuclear Power
Alexander Hamilton's statute in the Capitol Rotunda.

Exciting New Content on our YouTube Channel

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 3, 2021—The AmericanSystemNow YouTube channel now features the recent video documentary by Alexander Hamilton researcher Marianne Als, “The Evidence for Hamilton Against Slavery.” I hope you will review it and also subscribe, for there will be much more educational material on Hamilton and the American System […]

by February 3, 2021 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, News