History

The Watts Bar dam on the Tennessee River, built from 1939 to 1942, provided urgently needed electricity for the World War II effort. (TVA.org)

New Deal Credit Policies in Rural America

Increasing Productivity, Expanding Farm Output, Eliminating Poverty  By Stuart Rosenblatt July 5, 2020–As the nation confronts the expanding COVID-19 crisis and the collateral economic damage caused by the pandemic—the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression—a consensus is emerging that any recovery effort include a commitment to employ millions […]

by July 5, 2020 History, Infrastructure
Why We Declared the Right to Happiness

Why We Declared the Right to Happiness

by Nancy Spannaus July  3, 2020—On the occasion of this Fourth of July, which is bound to be fraught with virulent attacks on the Declaration of Independence, I was tempted to simply repeat Abraham Lincoln’s stirring refutation (which I featured last year). But there was a deeper philosophical point to […]

by July 3, 2020 Commentary, History
Depiction of Jackson inauguration (Wikipedia Commons)

The Pathway to “A More Perfect Union”

The Growth and Collapse of One American Nation, The Early Republic 1790-1861 By Donald J. Fraser Fraser & Associates, Roseville, California, 2020, 605 pp.   A Book Review by Nancy Spannaus June 21, 2020—In examining the question of what defines an American identity, author Donald Fraser has chosen one of […]

by June 21, 2020 History, Review
Bobby Kennedy on his poverty tour in 1968

“A Time of Sorrow and Shame”

By Nancy Spannaus June 4, 2020—Tomorrow will be the anniversary of the June 5, 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the third in a series of murders which decapitated the most promising political leadership of the United States. One by one, they fell: President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, […]

by June 4, 2020 Commentary, History
CWA workers take a break to pose for a picture.

Lessons from FDR: The Hopkins Example

By Nancy Spannaus May 20, 2020—Almost two months ago, the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act, which committed to spending half a trillion dollars for relief of states and municipalities. Yesterday, the two Administration officials responsible for allocating that money told the Senate Banking Committee that they were still planning […]

by May 20, 2020 History, News
Ravages of the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelpia.

Jefferson and the Public Benefits of Epidemics

By Geoff Smock (The following excellent article, published by the Journal of the American Revolution on May 14, should shock most Americans. Here we have the storied champion of individual liberty, Thomas Jefferson, callously expressing his approval of mass death, because he believes it serves the “greater good” of reducing […]

by May 14, 2020 Commentary, History
The front of the Post Office Museum in Washington, D.C. (Nancy Spannaus)

A Postal Service Fit for a Republic

By Nancy Spannaus May 8, 2020—Over the front steps of the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. is engraved the following message: Carrier of News and Knowledge Instrument of Trade & Industry Promoter of Mutual Acquaintance Of peace and of good will among men and nations. Are you surprised? This […]

by May 8, 2020 History, News
The Freedman's Memorial in D.C.'s Lincoln Park.

Frederick Douglass Commemorates Lincoln

By Nancy Spannaus April 14, 2020—On April 14, 1876, the great orator and champion of ending slavery, Frederick Douglass, keynoted the dedication of the Freedman’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. On this anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, I am reprinting the full commemorative speech below. The Freedman’s Memorial , also called […]

by April 14, 2020 Commentary, History
FDR addresses the nation by radio.

FDR: Leadership in a Time of Crisis

In Memoriam By Nancy Spannaus April 12, 2020—It was 75 years ago today that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt departed this life. His relatively early death at the age of 63 meant that much of his vision for bringing the United States and the world into a new era of prosperity […]

by April 12, 2020 Commentary, History
FDR addresses the nation by radio.

How FDR Conquered Polio–Twice!

By Pamela Lowry (March 26, 2020–This article was written in 2005. It is republished with the permission of Colin Lowry, with an eye to the much more severe medical crisis our nation and the world are suffering today. While polio is little known in the United States today, the crippling […]

by March 27, 2020 healthcare, History