History

Steamboat on the Hudson, as depicted in the 19th century

Steamboat Case Clears Way for American System

 by Edward Spannaus  Fourth in a series on The Supreme Court Affirms the American System  It is not immoderate to say that no other judicial pronouncement in history was so wedded to the inventive genius of man and so interwoven with the economic and social evolution of a nation and […]

by May 23, 2018 Commentary, History
Phillis Wheatley, as portrayed by Scipio Moorhead in the frontispiece to her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.

Phillis Wheatley: The Slave Girl `Favored by the Muses’

  By Bonnie James   America’s First Black Poet and Her Encounters with the Founding Fathers By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Basic Civitas Books, 2003, 129 pages     ­­ Phillis Wheatley is perhaps the most fascinating and thought-provoking American you never heard of. She arrived in Boston on July […]

Meriwether Lewis, captain of the Corps of Discovery

Meriwether Lewis Prepares to Lead Corps of Discovery

May 14, 2018—This day in 1804, President Thomas Jefferson’s personal secretary Meriwether Lewis, and army captain William Clark set off from St. Louis, Missouri to find their way to the Pacific Ocean. Their small band, dubbed the Corps of Discovery, arrived in Oregon a year and a half later, and […]

by May 14, 2018 History
Remembering Ulysses S. Grant on His Birthday

Remembering Ulysses S. Grant on His Birthday

by Bonnie James Ulysses S. Grant, the outstanding hero of the U.S. Civil War, who brought peace to the nation with the surrender of the Confederate armies at Appomattox; two-term President of the United States; friend and ally of Abraham Lincoln; and protector and advocate for the emancipated African-American slaves, […]

by April 26, 2018 History
FDR visits with farmers in North Dakota in the 1936 campaign.

FDR’s 100 Days Put the Constitution Into Action

By Nancy Spannaus The following discussion of FDR’s 100 Days was written in May of 2013, and has been slightly edited for republication. FDR’s New Deal moved to reverse more than 30 years of subversion of the American System of economics, and restore the principles enshrined in the Preamble of […]

by April 25, 2018 Commentary, History
Franklin Roosevelt Addresses the Nation on Banking Crisis in March, 1933

FDR’s Hundred Days, 85th Anniversary: Profound Crises Require Real Leadership

Book Review by John Ascher   Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America, Adam Cohen Penguin Press, 2009, 372 pp.   April 21, 2018–Outstanding amongst the more recent portrayals of President Franklin Roosevelt’s “100 Days” is the account in Nothing to Fear, the […]

by April 21, 2018 Commentary, Glass-Steagall, History
Norris Dam, the first to be completed by the TVA

How the TVA Transformed the Tennessee Valley

The following is an excerpt from a 2011 article by Marsha Freeman, entitled Roosevelt’s TVA: The Development Program that Transformed a Region and Inspired the World. It is published with her permission. The full article can be found here.  Electricity for All The first challenge facing the Tennessee Valley Authority […]

by April 10, 2018 History
Second Bank of the United States

America’s Stunning Growth Under the Second National Bank

By Anton Chaitkin The following is an excerpt from a longer article, published in 2012, on the industrial progress of the United States which Andrew Jackson acted to destroy. It describes the collaboration between the Bank, state and local governments, the military, and President John Quincy Adams during his term […]

by April 5, 2018 History
FDR Launches Public Works, Starting with the CCC

FDR Launches Public Works, Starting with the CCC

March 20, 2018–Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal model  is still relevant today, Rep. Marcy Kaptur recognizes with her 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act (H.R. 2206). Read about a part of that model below. March 18, 1933 began the second phase of FDR’s “Hundred Days” program, the one devoted explicitly to […]

by March 20, 2018 History, Infrastructure
Celebrating Benjamin Franklin

Celebrating Benjamin Franklin

Jan. 16, 2018–It is inconceivable that the American System of Hamilton and Washington could have come into being without the role of elder statesman Benjamin Franklin. We celebrated Ben’s birthday on January 17; he was born in 1706 in Boston, and died in 1790. Franklin represents everything unique and positive […]

by January 16, 2018 History