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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
Stephen Knott, i the gentleman with the beard, speaking in Washington, D.C. in 2018.

Debunking Myths About Alexander Hamilton

By Nancy Spannaus April 15, 2019—When I conceived of the polemic which shapes my book Hamilton Versus Wall Street, I knew I would be debunking the myth that Alexander Hamilton was a tool of the financial class. After reading the 2002 book Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth by […]

by April 15, 2019 Commentary, History
Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, D.C. (wikimedia commons)

The Federal Reserve Is Not `America’s Bank’

How the Fed was foisted on the U.S. by Europe’s Central Bankers      America’s Bank,  The Epic Struggle To Create the Federal Reserve Roger Lowenstein, Penguin Books,  New York, NY. 2015. A review by Stuart Rosenblatt April 5, 2019 Despite the fact that America’s Bank, the story of the founding of […]

by April 5, 2019 History, Review
An engine from the B&) Railroad, launched during the John Quincy Adams Administration.

Hamiltonian Economics Could Have Prevented the Civil War

Part 2 of a series By Nancy Spannaus March 25, 2019—The most compelling historical argument for the need to restore the Hamiltonian American System is the fact that Hamilton’s economic system could have prevented the U.S. Civil War. I develop this argument in Chapter 10 of my book Hamilton Versus […]

by March 25, 2019 Commentary, History
The industrial complex Alexander Hamilton began in Paterson, NJ in 1791.

No National Unity Without Hamilton’s Economics

Part 1 By Nancy Spannaus March 21, 2019—In Chapter 10 of my book Hamilton Versus Wall Street, I insist that the commitment to economic progress which Hamilton’s American System policies represent, is essential to hold the United States together as a nation. The relevance of this argument to curing the […]

by March 21, 2019 Commentary, History
A portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762.

The American Revolutionaries’ International War Against Slavery

Part I. Ben Franklin and Massachusetts Lead the Way By Colin Lowry March 19, 2019 In the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams, is a paragraph condemning King George III of Britain for the crime of promoting and enforcing the […]

by March 19, 2019 Commentary, History