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
An image of the coronavirus published by the Philadelphia government.

Urgent Lessons of the WWII Mobilization

By Stuart Rosenblatt   March 23, 2020–As the horrible reality of the coronavirus contagion begins to sink in, there is now much talk about a “World War II Mobilization” or a “New Marshall Plan” to attack the crisis.  This is now all to the good, albeit a bit tardy to the […]

by March 23, 2020 Commentary, History
Andrew Hamilton arguing for Zenger's freedom

Hamilton’s Fight for the Truth Standard

By Nancy Spannaus February 14, 2020—Long before I encountered Alexander Hamilton’s American System of political economy, I came upon another uniquely American republican tradition: the demand for truth as a standard in law and journalism. I refer to the case of John Peter Zenger, a New York editor who was thrown […]

by February 13, 2020 Commentary, History
The Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

At the Lincoln Memorial February 12

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 13, 2020—Yesterday my husband and I attended the commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday at the Lincoln Memorial for the third year in a row. The hour-long ceremony is hosted by the National Park Service and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States […]

by February 13, 2020 History, News
A depiction of the Stamp Act Congress

Stamp Act Resistance Spurs Anti-Slavery Fight

Part 2 of The American Revolutionaries’ International War Against Slavery: 1765-1767 (For Part 1, click here ) By Colin Lowry In early January of 1765, Prime Minister George Grenville was determined to whip the American colonies into complete dependence on Britain, and he devised the Stamp Act in an effort to […]

by February 6, 2020 History, Slavery
A naval battle in the War of 1812.

Economic Nationalism and the War of 1812

(The following article was published on January 29, 2020 on TransAtlantico, an Italian news and analysis online service on economics and geopolitical issues. It is reprinted with permission by the author.) Economic Nationalism and the War of 1812 by Andrew Spannaus* Essay originally published in War Hawks. Gli Stati Uniti e […]

by January 30, 2020 History, Manufacturing
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 First Bank of the United States in Philadelphia

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