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

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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 0 comments About
A modern apprentiship program.

A New Economic Direction Would Inspire Our Youth

By Angela Vullo November 29, 2020–In the 1950s and ‘60s when a young person in our country was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”,  the answer was likely to be an astronaut, a doctor, a teacher, or an engineer.  But, as time went on and […]

by November 29, 2020 0 comments Infrastructure Bank, News
George Washington's inauguration (national archives)

Giving Thanks for a Nation

By Nancy Spannaus November 26, 2020—Contrary to popular culture, Thanksgiving Day in the United States was never just about family. From the time of the Pilgrims, to George Washington, to Abraham Lincoln, it was about humbly expressing our gratitude for surviving as a nation (or a community), and committing ourselves […]

by November 26, 2020 1 comment Commentary, History
CWA workers building a library in Maryland.

The Emergency Jobs Program of 1933-34

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 21, 2020—When FDR’s relief expert Harry Hopkins told FDR about the looming emergency for tens of millions of Americans in the winter of 1933-34, FDR authorized action. If nothing were done, Hopkins had said, people would starve en masse. Immediate action was needed, because, as he […]

by November 21, 2020 0 comments Commentary, History
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Groundbreaking Economic History Book Released

New Economic History Book Reveals Hidden Struggle Behind the Industrial Revolution Nationalist Statesmen Battle Wall Street and Southern Slaveholders in Fight to Create Canals, Railroads, and Modern Society November 20, 2020–What motivated the key people who created the industrial revolution? In this ground-breaking new book on economic history, author Anton […]

by November 20, 2020 2 comments History, News
The document's cover page

Hamilton and Slavery: Misinformation Refuted!

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 11, 2020—In the face of a flood of media coverage of a historical interpreter claiming Alexander Hamilton was an “enslaver,”  a detailed refutation of many of the claims has been written and made public.  Philo Hamilton and Hamilton expert Michael E. Newton declare from the outset: […]

by November 11, 2020 1 comment Alexander Hamilton, News, Uncategorized
All ready for Christmas.

Christmas Sale for Hamilton Versus Wall Street!

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 10, 2020—In this political cauldron we are living through, the people of the United States are in dire need of reacquaintance with the American System of Economics, the school of political economy established by Alexander Hamilton.  I have just the book to introduce them to it […]

by November 10, 2020 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, News
An anti-populist cartoon from the 1890s, as reproduced by Thomas Frank

Can We Revive “We the People?”

A Review of Thomas Frank’s The People, NO! A Brief History of Anti-Populism By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 7, 2020—As the current brawl over the presidential election results should make clear, the people of the United States are dangerously divided, almost split down the middle. In my view, the question before […]

by November 7, 2020 3 comments History, Review
The new Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River.

HR 6422: A “Bill to Somewhere”

By Angela Vullo Oct 27, 2020–In late August 2019, I penned an article called “Will 2020 Bring Winds of Change?,” citing an MSNBC four-part docuseries called “American Swamp,” which included a segment on infrastructure entitled “Bill to Nowhere.”  Today, I can happily report that things have changed. We now have […]

by October 27, 2020 1 comment Infrastructure Bank, News
Marshall’s Court: Principle, Not “Issues”

Marshall’s Court: Principle, Not “Issues”

 by Edward Spannaus  John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court, a film written by Richard Brookhiser and Leo Eaton, and directed by Leo Eaton.  Eaton Creative, Inc., 2020. Running time: 2 hours, 26 minutes. Available on Amazon Prime. Richard Brookhiser, John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme […]

by October 26, 2020 0 comments History, Review
Countering Myths about Alexander Hamilton

Countering Myths about Alexander Hamilton

A Report on the AHA Society’s Book Club Discussion with Dr. Stephen F. Knott By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 22, 2020—The Alexander Hamilton Awareness (AHA) Society did another public service with its Oct. 18 book club discussion with Dr. Stephen F. Knott. The event provoked a lively and informative discussion countering […]

by October 24, 2020 1 comment Alexander Hamilton, News