History

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
A shortened version of the cover

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
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
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
Bound copies of Carey's American Museum

The Indispensable Role of Mathew Carey

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 14, 2020—As I am preparing for a class series on my book Hamilton Versus Wall Street, as well as a presentation at the Treasury Historical Association on Sept. 23, I have been struck once again with the importance of Mathew Carey in carrying forward the Hamiltonian […]

by September 14, 2020 1 comment Commentary, History
FDR joins youth at a CCC camp.

FDR’s 1936 Acceptance Speech

Sept. 2, 2020—My reaction to watching most of the Democratic and Republican conventions can be summed up in one phrase: Wall Street is the winner. Neither party has taken on the reality of the economic and social collapse which the predatory Wall Street financial system has wrought, nor has it […]

by September 2, 2020 3 comments Commentary, 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 1 comment 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 3 comments 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 1 comment History, Review