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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 American history. Here was a crucial founding father, the man who devised our financial system, talking about building the wealth of our nation with an economic […]

by March 10, 2020 1 comment About
The Signing of the Constitution, an oil by Thomas Rossiter. Courtesy of the New York Historical Society

Frederick Douglass on the U.S. Constitution

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 20, 2021—It’s Constitution Week, and long past time that we Americans went beyond the cursory knowledge which most of us have had of our nation’s founding document. The recent tendency to damn the U.S. Constitution as a virtual pact with the devil is particularly disturbing to […]

by September 20, 2021 2 comments Commentary, Slavery
Class Series Now on You Tube

Class Series Now on You Tube

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 17, 2021—I am pleased to announce that the first class in my current series on Why American Slavery Persisted has now been posted on the You Tube channel of AmericanSystemNow (click here).  This is the first of four classes, which happily are being video-recorded by Shepherd […]

by September 17, 2021 0 comments News Shorts, Slavery
A partial photo of the Oglethorpe statue in Augusta, Georgia

Investigating American Slavery: The Case of Georgia

Part II of a series {Sept. 13, 2021–The following is a draft chapter from my upcoming book, Why American Slavery Persisted.} By Nancy Spannaus It may be hard for even Georgians to believe, but the colony of Georgia was the only North American colony to prohibit slavery at its founding. […]

by September 13, 2021 0 comments History, Slavery
A depiction of slavery in the West Indies, most likely Barbados

Investigating American Slavery

By Nancy Spannaus Part 1 of a series Sept. 5, 2021—In-depth historical research always brings surprises, and my ongoing work on my upcoming class series and book on Why American Slavery Persisted is no exception.  This short post will review one of them: the Carolinas colonies were the only British […]

by September 5, 2021 2 comments History, Slavery
The image on a medallion created by Englishman Josiah Wedgwood in 1787.

Coming Classes on Why American Slavery Persisted

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 27, 2021—Come September, I will be teaching two classes at local colleges on “Why American Slavery Persisted.” They will be offered, for a fee, at both the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Frederick Community College in Maryland, and the Lifelong Learning Program at Shepherd University […]

by August 28, 2021 3 comments News, Slavery, Uncategorized
Rand speaking on Hamilton's military history at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

A Remembrance of Hamilton Rand Scholet

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 6, 2021—The most appropriate way to respond to the tragically early death of Rand Scholet, founder of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (AHA Society), is to press on with his mission of educating people about Alexander Hamilton. In this short remembrance, I want to review how […]

by August 6, 2021 2 comments Commentary, News
A partial cover of Ehret's book.

Presenting America in Universal History

A Review of Matt Ehret’s The Unfinished Symphony: The Clash of the Two Americas, volume I By Nancy Spannaus July 8, 2021—Too often these days, people choose to view the United States from one of two templates. On the one side is the “patriotic” tradition which paints America as an […]

by August 2, 2021 1 comment News, Review
ISI President John Burtka IV opens the conference on political economy. (Nancy Spannaus)

The Future of American Political Economy

By Nancy Spannaus July 26, 2021—More than 200 self-described conservatives, most of them of college student age, gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, VA on July 23 to discuss “The Future of American Political Economy.” The two-day conference was sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a […]

by July 26, 2021 3 comments Economy, News
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