Articles by: Nancy Spannaus

The Corliss steam engine featured at the 1876 American Centennial, a showcare of American System progress.

Welcome to AmericanSystemNow!

NOTE TO SUBSCRIBERS: IF YOU USE GMAIL, OUR MAILINGS MAY BE DIVERTED TO PROMOTIONS. YOU CAN ENSURE AGAINST IT BY ADDING AMERICANSYSTEMNOW@GMAIL.COM TO YOUR ADDRESS BOOK. By Nancy Spannaus, editor March 10, 2020–When I first read Alexander Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures some 40 years ago, it transformed my understanding of […]

by March 10, 2020 About
The City of Milan is not shut down. Here, its famous Piazza del Duomo

The Virus in Italy: A Firsthand Report

(Note: While this report is not up-to-date, it includes certain basic information that should be useful as the spread of the coronavirus in Italy (and elsewhere) proceeds.  The town where Andrew lives is now in the “red zone.”) By Nancy Spannaus March 5, 2020—The nation of Italy represents the major […]

by March 5, 2020 News
Depiction of the coronavirus (cdc.gov)

Hamilton’s American System vs. Coronavirus

by Nancy Spannaus March 2, 2020—As Alexander Hamilton knew well, parsimony—i.e., purchasing everything at the cheapest price, and only when absolutely necessary—is an unwise policy.  That practice doesn’t create wealth, and it certainly doesn’t provide for the health and prosperity of a nation. Shouldn’t our unpreparedness to even test adequately […]

by March 2, 2020 Commentary, News
The Rhode Island State House.

State Legislators Campaign for Infrastructure

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 27, 2020—State legislators around the nation – from Arizona to Rhode Island – are campaigning for Federal action to build vital infrastructure.  The campaign is taking the form of Memorials calling for the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank, crafted according to the principles established by […]

by February 27, 2020 Infrastructure Bank, News
Pastor Jeffery Johnson reciting Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech. (Euclid Williams)

Let Freedom Ring!

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 22, 2020—My husband Ed and I just returned from a celebration of Black History Month, and that phrase from Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I have a dream” speech is still ringing in my ears. It resonates as well with the Negro National Anthem “Lift Every […]

by February 23, 2020 Commentary, News
Speaking at Rust Library to a good crowd on Feb. 15.

It’s Been a Pretty Good Year

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 16, 2020—My book, Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System, was published on Feb. 15, 2019. As I look back, it’s been a pretty good year. As those of you who read this blog know, I intended this book to be a […]

by February 16, 2020 Commentary
Andrew Hamilton arguing for Zenger's freedom

Hamilton’s Fight for the Truth Standard

By Nancy Spannaus February 14, 2020—Long before I encountered Alexander Hamilton’s American System of political economy, I came upon another uniquely American republican tradition: the demand for truth as a standard in law and journalism. I refer to the case of John Peter Zenger, a New York editor who was thrown […]

by February 13, 2020 Commentary, History
The Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

At the Lincoln Memorial February 12

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 13, 2020—Yesterday my husband and I attended the commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday at the Lincoln Memorial for the third year in a row. The hour-long ceremony is hosted by the National Park Service and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States […]

by February 13, 2020 History, News
Speaking at the Byrd Center next to the big screen.

A Lively Exchange in Shepherdstown

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 6, 2020—My presentation of Hamilton Versus Wall Street at the Byrd Center for Congressional Education and Education at Shepherd University last night led to a lively exchange with the nearly 50 participants. This was the kind of discussion which conscientious citizens should be having all over […]

by February 6, 2020 Founders, News
Italian Paper Interviews Hamilton Author

Italian Paper Interviews Hamilton Author

By Nancy Spannaus Jan 23, 2020–“The inventor of the dollar hated the speculators,” read the headline of an interview with this author that appeared on the Economy and Jobs page of the Italian daily Avvenire on Sunday January 19. Journalist Leonardo Servadio’s article focused on my book, Hamilton Versus Wall […]

by January 23, 2020 News, Review