History

Swiss jurist Emer de Vattel

Vattel, Leibniz, and the American System

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 4, 2020—Many authors of American history have acknowledged the role of Swiss lawyer-philosopher Emer de Vattel (1714-1767) in the deliberations surrounding the establishment of the U.S. Constitutional system. Vattel’s Law of Nations, published in French in 1758, arrived in English translation in the American colonies during […]

by January 4, 2020 Commentary, History
British slavery in the West Indies.

Historians Challenge NYTimes on Slavery

By Nancy Spannaus December 26, 2019—It’s about time. Five prominent U.S. historians have come forward to challenge some egregious errors in the NY Times’ 1619 Project, a major intervention on the issue of American slavery’s role in the United States which the Times published in August of this year. The […]

by December 26, 2019 History, News
The Bank of the United States, one of the aspects of the Federalist System Marshall fought to defend.

Time to Study Hamilton’s National Bank

By Nancy Spannaus … By contributing to enlarge the mass of industrious and commercial enterprise, banks become nurseries of national wealth: a consequence, as satisfactorily verified by experience, as it is clearly deducible in theory. – Report on the National Bank Alexander Hamilton put forward his most controversial proposal — […]

by December 13, 2019 Commentary, History
John Quincy Adams

Promoting Internal Improvements: A “Sacred Duty”

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 3, 2019—In his first Annual Message to Congress, delivered December 6, 1825, President John Quincy Adams was at his eloquent best. As a lifelong devotee of the American System, President Adams felt compelled to address the “general principle” embodied in the U.S. Constitution which he had […]

by December 3, 2019 Commentary, History
Washington enters New York City on Evacuation Day, Nov. 25, 1783

A 1783 Thanksgiving: Evacuation Day

By Pamela Lowry General Washington Enters New York City as the British Troops End their Seven-Year Occupation On November 25, 1783, General George Washington received the final word from Sir Guy Carleton that the last of the British troops would be withdrawn from New York City. It had been a […]

by November 26, 2019 Archive, History
American System founder Alexander Hamilton, a new statue at the Coast Guard Academy (Dianne Durante)

Federalist No. 11: The American System

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 22, 2019–“Let Americans disdain to be the instruments of European greatness! Let the thirteen States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence and able to dictate the terms […]

by November 22, 2019 Commentary, History
Part of Bethleshem Steel, once a premier American producer, now demolished for a gambling casino. (Wikicommons)

An American System Economic Scorecard

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 8, 2019—The coincidence of recent extravagant claims about the sterling performance of the American economy (highest stock market ever, lowest unemployment rates, etc.) and the persistent decline of key demographic indicators (increased mortality rate, increasing rates of suicide and other deaths of despair), should provoke some […]

by November 8, 2019 History, News
A Readjuster flyer in 1882.

New History Bulletin Introduces the “Readjusters”

History Does Not Come in Black and White By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 11, 2019—The first issue of the revived Bulletin of Loudoun County History is a “must-read” for those seriously committed to achieving racial harmony in the United States. Three of the articles in the yearly journal focus on the […]

by October 17, 2019 History, News
Professor Joanne Freeman, author of Fields of Blood

Putting Today’s Partisanship in Perspective

A Report on Joanne Freeman’s Talk on Her Book Fields of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War By Nancy Spannaus October 4, 2019—When she began researching her book Fields of Blood 17 years ago, Yale professor Joanne Freeman did not have a crystal ball to predict […]

by October 4, 2019 History, News
The author at Cascades Public Library, Sept. 30.

Debate on Hamilton’s Economics Begins

By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 2, 2019—My series of book talks on my book Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System of Economics has begun, and hopefully it’s just the beginning of growing process of public debate. The American people have to be educated on the American […]

by October 2, 2019 History, News