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
The Marshall event at the family's second home. Photo courtesy of Mike Chirieleison, MDC Photography.

A Rare Visit to John Marshall’s Boyhood Homes

By Edward Spannaus Sept. 19, 2019–Participants had a rare opportunity to view the boyhood homes of Chief Justice John Marshall, at an event held at two locations in Fauquier County, Virginia, on Sunday, September 15.  The program, entitled “Patriot of the Piedmont: John Marshall and Fauquier County,” was sponsored by […]

by September 19, 2019 History, News
The lighthouse in Portland, Maine, completed under the Washington Administration.

Lighthouses: Our First Public Infrastructure Project

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 7, 2019—On August 7, 1789 Congress approved legislation for the first public infrastructure project in the just-born United States—our lighthouses! The legislation created the U.S. Light House Establishment, and it mandated that state lighthouses be turned over to the Federal government, which was charged with managing […]

by August 7, 2019 History, Infrastructure
JFK at his speech speaking at Rice University on the Apollo Mission in 1962.

JFK’s Moonshot: Pathway to Progress

  American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race By Douglas Brinkley HarperCollins, New York City, 2019, 528pp. A review by Nancy Spannaus Aug. 3, 2019–“Many Americans make the mistake of assuming that space research has no value here on earth. Nothing could be further from the truth.” […]

by August 3, 2019 History, Review
From a poster at the Lincoln Cottage, the President's summer home in Washington, D.C.

Lincoln: What Makes a True American

By Bonnie James July 22, 2019–Abraham Lincoln gave the speech excerpted here, which came to be known as the “Electric Cord Speech,” as celebrations of the nation’s 82nd Independence Day were underway in 1858. Lincoln was then anticipating his Senate campaign against the “Little Giant,” Stephen A. Douglas. The famous […]

by July 22, 2019 Commentary, History
Hamilton grave site at Trinity Church, in the Wall Street area of Manhattan.

Alexander Hamilton, Patriot to the End

By Nancy Spannaus July 11, 2019—On this 215th anniversary of the assassination of Alexander Hamilton, the sad truth is that very few will publicly mourn this leading patriot, the founder of the American System of political economy. Yes, moving tributes are being sponsored in New York City by the Alexander […]

by July 11, 2019 Commentary, History