History

The lighthouse in Portland, Maine, completed under the Washington Administration.

Lighthouses: Our First Public Infrastructure Project

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 7, 2019—On August 7, 1789 Congress approved legislation for the first public infrastructure project in the just-born United States—our lighthouses! The legislation created the U.S. Light House Establishment, and it mandated that state lighthouses be turned over to the Federal government, which was charged with managing […]

by August 7, 2019 History, Infrastructure
JFK at his speech speaking at Rice University on the Apollo Mission in 1962.

JFK’s Moonshot: Pathway to Progress

  American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race By Douglas Brinkley HarperCollins, New York City, 2019, 528pp. A review by Nancy Spannaus Aug. 3, 2019–“Many Americans make the mistake of assuming that space research has no value here on earth. Nothing could be further from the truth.” […]

by August 3, 2019 History, Review
From a poster at the Lincoln Cottage, the President's summer home in Washington, D.C.

Lincoln: What Makes a True American

By Bonnie James July 22, 2019–Abraham Lincoln gave the speech excerpted here, which came to be known as the “Electric Cord Speech,” as celebrations of the nation’s 82nd Independence Day were underway in 1858. Lincoln was then anticipating his Senate campaign against the “Little Giant,” Stephen A. Douglas. The famous […]

by July 22, 2019 Commentary, History
Hamilton grave site at Trinity Church, in the Wall Street area of Manhattan.

Alexander Hamilton, Patriot to the End

By Nancy Spannaus July 11, 2019—On this 215th anniversary of the assassination of Alexander Hamilton, the sad truth is that very few will publicly mourn this leading patriot, the founder of the American System of political economy. Yes, moving tributes are being sponsored in New York City by the Alexander […]

by July 11, 2019 Commentary, History
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Declaration, Through Lincoln’s Eyes

By Nancy Spannaus July 4, 2019—There was perhaps no more ardent supporter of the Declaration of Independence than Abraham Lincoln. He saw the Declaration as the moral foundation of the nation, upon which the Constitution was based. Thus, no matter how much the United States population fell short of its […]

by July 4, 2019 Commentary, History
The Tom Thumb, the B&O Railroads premier engine. Rail was an industry Mathew Carey promoted.

Mathew Carey Revived Hamiltonian Economics

By Nancy Spannaus June 19, 2019—The seminal role of Mathew Carey (1760-1839) in promoting and advancing the American System of political economy is a long and important story, mostly obscured in the United States. In this post, I concentrate on re-introducing him, with emphasis on one crucial aspect which is […]

by June 20, 2019 Commentary, History
Statues of the Lincoln-Douglas debate in Alton, Illinois. (Nancy Spannaus)

Remembering Lincoln’s “House Divided” Speech

By Nancy Spannaus June 16, 2019—In my Internet scanning today, I happened to note that it is the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s famous “House Divided” speech, which was given at the Illinois State Republican Convention in 1858. This was the convention which nominated Lincoln to run against Stephen Douglass for […]

by June 17, 2019 Commentary, History
"Hooverville" in 1930s Seattle, one of the largest in the country.

Tackling the Housing Crisis

Learning from FDR’s Emergency Action By Nancy Spannaus June 11, 2019—The 2008-9 period of mass housing foreclosures may be over, but the housing crisis in the United States is not. Exorbitant prices in the nation’s major cities, along with burgeoning homelessness centered in many of those same locations, attest to […]

by June 11, 2019 Commentary, History
A painting of Washington and Hamilton at the National Heritage Museum, Lexington, Mass.

Hamilton’s Military Record Presented in Philadelphia

By Nancy Spannaus May 25, 2019—Rand Scholet, founder of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness (AHA) Society, gave an insightful presentation on Hamilton’s 25-year military career at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia yesterday. More chairs had to be brought it to accommodate the crowd, which grew to more than […]

by May 25, 2019 History, News
Joel Achenbach (right) with host Walter Washington (left)

Presenting George Washington’s “Grand Idea”

By Nancy Spannaus May 20, 2019–George Washington’s “Grand Idea” of uniting the country through developing the Potomac River as the gateway to the West, was the subject of a lively book talk last night. Author Joel Achenbach spoke to a group of approximately 30 people about his book The Grand […]

by May 20, 2019 History, News