History

Cinco de Mayo parade in Chicago, 2013.

Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

by Edward and Nancy Spannaus May 5, 2021—In 2012, a delegation of descendants of Union soldiers and officers of the U.S. Civil War traveled to Puebla, Mexico at the invitation of the Governments of Mexico and the State of Puebla, to participate in the 150th Anniversary celebration of the Battle […]

by May 4, 2021 4 comments Commentary, History
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant

General Grant Routs the Klan

By Bonnie James April 19, 2021–In honor of the birthday, April 27, 1822, of the renowned American Civil War hero and two-term President Ulysses S. Grant, we recall the courageous actions he took as Commander-in-Chief to defend the Constitutional rights of the formerly enslaved Americans, by enforcing the newly established […]

by April 19, 2021 4 comments Commentary, History
A map showing the original land grant colleges.

Lincoln’s “Internal Improvements” Revolution

The third article in the series Funding Infrastructure the American System Way. See articles one and two on this site. By Nancy Spannaus March 29, 2021—When Abraham Lincoln launched his first political campaign in 1832, he encapsulated his political principles in his typically folksy way: My politics are short and […]

by March 30, 2021 0 comments History, Infrastructure
The crumbling Hudson River tunnel is a disaster waiting to happen, without major infrastructure investment.

Funding Infrastructure the American System Way

Part one of a series. Parts two, three and four are now available on this site. By Nancy Spannaus March 5, 2021—If there’s one issue the “left, right, and center” of American politics agree on, it’s that our country desperately needs to repair and upgrade its infrastructure, from transportation to water, […]

by March 4, 2021 3 comments History, Infrastructure
The death of Gen. Montgomery in December 1775 did not end  Canadian involvement with the American Revolution.

Canada and the American Revolution

Canada and the American Revolution By Gerald Therrien[1] February 18, 2021—Editor’s Note: While this article may appear tangential to this blog’s theme of the American System, I find it highly interesting. After all, why didn’t more of Great Britain’s many colonies – India and Canada, for instance – achieve their […]

by February 18, 2021 0 comments History
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (national park service)

Let Us Have Faith That Right Makes Might

In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday By Nancy Spannaus February 11, 2021–“Let us have faith that right makes might, and, in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”  Those were the words with which presidential aspirant Abraham Lincoln concluded his speech […]

by February 11, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
A portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762.

While Celebrating MLK, Remember Ben Franklin

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2021—While much of the nation celebrates Martin Luther King. Jr. on this weekend, my mind also goes to another American fighter for the common good, Founder Benjamin Franklin. (1706-1790) Today is the 315th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. Franklin was the quintessential organizer of our […]

by January 17, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
The signing of the Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull.

Lincoln: Saving the Institutions of our Republic

By Nancy Spannaus[1] Jan. 8, 2021—In the midst of escalating racial and mob violence in the late 1830s, Abraham Lincoln raised the very same question which stands before us today: How can we save the institutions of our republic? His remarks were made in 1838, in an address at the […]

by January 8, 2021 0 comments Government, History
FDR giving his Four Freedom speech, Jan. 6, 1941.

FDR’s Four Freedoms Indict & Inspire Us Today

by Anton Chaitkin January 6, 2021–Eighty years ago, on January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt summarized America’s mission in the world in his Four Freedoms speech. In subsequent declarations and world agreements, the principles of the Four Freedoms came to be recognized as international law, which civilized nations are […]

by January 6, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
This detail from a painting by Michellino shows Dante holding a book, in which the opening lines of his poem can be seen. (wikipedia)

2021: Celebrate the Year of Dante

Dante Alighieri’s Concept of Statecraft And the Lorenzetti Frescoes in Siena by Bonnie James Jan. 5, 2021–The following article was originally published on June 28, 1999 in The New Federalist newspaper. It is reproduced here with minor editing by the author. The occasion for its republication is the 700th anniversary […]

by January 5, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History