History

Washington and his cabinet

Ignoring the Founding Fathers, at Our Peril

American Dialogue: The Founders and Us, by Joseph J. Ellis.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.  283 pp. Reviewed by Edward Spannaus , November 29, 2018 This is both an ambitious and a provocative book.  Joseph Ellis, who taught college-level American history for decades,  takes the major debates among the […]

by November 29, 2018 Commentary, History
16th December 1773:  Dressed as Native Americans, a group of Bostonians board a British ship laden with imported tea and throw the full crates into the harbour. This protest against British taxation on tea imports brought the country one step closer to the American War of Independence.  (Photo by Edward Gooch/Edward Gooch/Getty Images)

The 1770 Indian Famine and the American Revolution

Oct. 5, 2018–The following is a guest article, originally published under the title “How Famine in India Sparked the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution.” It sheds considerable light on what the Founding Fathers and American population at large saw as their possible fate if they did not resist […]

by October 5, 2018 Commentary, History
Chief Justice John Marshall was appointed in May 1800.

Why John Marshall Matters

The sixth and final article in the series “The Supreme Court Affirms the American System.” Sept. 17, 2018–We publish this article today to commemorate Constitution Day, the 231st anniversary of the signing of the founding document of the United States of America. It was Supreme Court Justice John Marshall who […]

by September 17, 2018 Commentary, History
The Grand Coulee Dam, one of the major power projects of the New Deal.

Vital Lessons from the WWII Economic Mobilization

Sept.  11, 2018—In this final section of Stuart Rosenblatt’s Lessons from the WWII Economic Mobilization, he presents three key conclusions from his indepth study of the 1939-1944 period. First, he discusses the components of the dramatic rise in Total Factor Productivity. Second, he recapitulates the means of financing the mobilization. […]

by September 11, 2018 Commentary, History
American System proponent Henry Clay

Henry Clay Attacks Free Trade as British Colonialism

By Edward Spannaus July 25, 2018–Zack Carter’s attack on the doctrine of free trade as colonialism (HuffPost, July 22) might strike many contemporary readers as radical and over-the-top.  But if it does, this is only due to Americans’ ignorance of their own history, as pointed out in a posting on […]

by July 25, 2018 Commentary, History
The riotous scene at the White House party for Andrew Jackson's Inauguration.

Marshall Defends American System against Jacksonian Populism

by Edward Spannaus  Fifth of a series. The first four parts of this series, devoted to “John Marshall and the American System” can be found here. July 23, 2018–With the help of American System champion Henry Clay and his supporters, John Quincy Adams was elected President in early 1825, after […]

by July 23, 2018 Commentary, History
An auto plant converted for war production

The Quintessential Mobilization Economy

By Stuart Rosenblatt The following is part 4 of a series devoted to “Lessons for a Recovery: The WWII Economic Mobilization.” Click the following titles for the previous three parts: Part One, Part Two , and Part Three . July 18, 2018—The evening of December 7, “the day that will […]

by July 21, 2018 Commentary, History
Nancy Spannaus (Center,front) in the crowd at the Hamilton Memorial, Weehawkin, New Jersey, on July 11, 2018

AHA Society Commemorates Hamilton at Weehawken

  By Nancy Spannaus   July 12, 2018–A couple dozen people gathered at the Alexander Hamilton memorial in Weehawken, New Jersey last night, to start several days of celebration of the life of the murdered Founder.  He was killed on July 11, 1804 in a site just down the cliff […]

by July 12, 2018 History, News
Synthetic rubber production underway.

Creating New Industries from Scratch

The following is part 3 of a series on Lessons for a Recovery: The WWII Economic Mobilization. Part 2 appeared June 19. Part 1 was published May 18. By Stuart Rosenblatt Thanks to the foresight and efforts of President Roosevelt, Jesse Jones, and others, the United States was already in a […]

by July 10, 2018 Commentary, History
A lathe operator during the economic mobilization for World War II.

Producing a Machine Tool Revolution

By Stuart Rosenblatt June 19, 2018—The following is part two of a series dedicated to “Lessons for a Recovery: The WWII Economic Mobilization.” Part one appeared on May 18, and can be found here . The summer of 1940 witnessed a dramatic escalation of the U.S. war effort, thanks to the […]

by June 19, 2018 Commentary, History