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Steamboat on the Hudson, as depicted in the 19th century

Steamboat Case Clears Way for American System

 by Edward Spannaus  Fourth in a series on The Supreme Court Affirms the American System  It is not immoderate to say that no other judicial pronouncement in history was so wedded to the inventive genius of man and so interwoven with the economic and social evolution of a nation and […]

by May 23, 2018 Commentary, History
Russia's floating nuclear plant, the Akademik Lomonovosov

New Era of Floating Nuclear Plants Begins

May 22, 2018—With great ceremony, the Russian city of Murmansk welcomed the floating nuclear plant Akademik Lomonosov on May 19. The plant had travelled from St. Petersburg where it was built. It will receive its supply of nuclear fuel in Murmansk, and then proceed to the Arctic circle town of […]

by May 22, 2018 News Shorts
Decline in the U.S birth  rate (World Bank)

U.S. Birthrate Falls to 30-Year Low

May 20, 2018—A report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on May 17 declared that the U.S. birthrate fell 2 percent between 2016 and 2017, bringing the rate to the lowest level in 30 years. Fertility rates also fell to a near record low of 1.76.  The only year […]

by May 20, 2018 News Shorts
Phillis Wheatley, as portrayed by Scipio Moorhead in the frontispiece to her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.

Phillis Wheatley: The Slave Girl `Favored by the Muses’

  By Bonnie James   America’s First Black Poet and Her Encounters with the Founding Fathers By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Basic Civitas Books, 2003, 129 pages     ­­ Phillis Wheatley is perhaps the most fascinating and thought-provoking American you never heard of. She arrived in Boston on July […]

FDR at a CCC camp: His New Deal prepared the nation for an industrial boom during World War II.

Lessons for a Recovery: The WWII Economic Mobilization

May 18, 2018–The following article kicks off a series documenting the extraordinary qualitative leap in American economic productivity during the World War II mobilization. Part One: FDR and Jesse Jones Prepare the Way By Stuart Rosenblatt The United States finds itself hopelessly mired in an economic crisis of its own […]

by May 18, 2018 Commentary
Nichole Scholet de Villavicencio speaks on Eliza Hamilton

Presenting the Enduring Contributions of Eliza Hamilton

by Nancy Spannaus May 17, 2018—Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio, co-founder of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (AHA Society) brought Eliza Hamilton, wife of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, to life, in a lecture at George Washington University last night. Scholet’s emphasis was on Eliza’s final years, spent in Washington, D.C.  (1847-1854), […]

by May 17, 2018 News
Michael E. Newton speaking in the Cash Room of the U.S. Treasury Department.

Hamilton’s Merchant Experience Presented at U.S. Treasury

May 16, 2018—The Treasury Historical Association, a 45-year old private institution dedicated to education and restoration, featured a presentation by Hamilton scholar Michael E. Newton at the Treasury Building today. Newton lectured on “Alexander Hamilton: Merchant in the West Indies,” presenting a wealth of detail about the young Hamilton’s approximately […]

by May 16, 2018 News

Hamilton Scholar Addresses Society of the Cincinnati

Washington, D.C., May 16, 2018—Hamilton scholar Michael E. Newton gave a talk on “Alexander Hamilton’s Revolutionary War Service” at the headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati tonight. Newton addressed an event sponsored by the American Revolutionary Institute, which puts on a series of lectures at the Anderson House. The […]

by May 15, 2018 Uncategorized
Meriwether Lewis, captain of the Corps of Discovery

Meriwether Lewis Prepares to Lead Corps of Discovery

May 14, 2018—This day in 1804, President Thomas Jefferson’s personal secretary Meriwether Lewis, and army captain William Clark set off from St. Louis, Missouri to find their way to the Pacific Ocean. Their small band, dubbed the Corps of Discovery, arrived in Oregon a year and a half later, and […]

by May 14, 2018 History
The Second National Bank of the United States

Yes, American Citizens Once Demanded a National Bank!

By Nancy Spannaus May 12, 2018—On April 23, 1834, a meeting of the “People of Mifflin County, Pa.” adopted the following resolution, which it sent on to the Congress of the United States: Resolved. . . . That the unwise and unlawful removal of the public deposits from the Bank […]

by May 12, 2018 Commentary, Infrastructure Bank