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A portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762.

The American Revolutionaries’ International War Against Slavery

Part I. Ben Franklin and Massachusetts Lead the Way (Part 2 is now available here.) 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 […]

by March 19, 2019 Commentary, History
An image of slavery in Kentucky. Under Hamilton's system, this oppression would end.

The Constitution and Slavery: The Missing Economic Dimension

A Book Review by Nancy Spannaus   No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding Sean Wilentz Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2018, 349 pp.   March 5, 2019—I can say without hesitation that anyone writing about the history of slavery in the United States should read […]

by March 5, 2019 Commentary, History
Statue of George Washington at George Washington University, which chartered in 1821.

The Washington-Hamilton Alliance

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 22, 2019—George Washington deserves to be celebrated in his own right, but I am going to devote this brief Washington’s Birthday post to the Washington-Hamilton alliance.  The two men shared a vision of developing this vast country into a strong continental republic, committed to the “blessings […]

by February 22, 2019 Commentary, History
Leaders of the First Continental Congress, which vowed to stop the slave trade.

Guess Who Insisted on Slavery in Colonial America?

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 30, 2019—Abraham Lincoln was right when he declared that, at the time of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the Constitution, it was widely expected that slavery was on the wane, and would soon die out. That broad sentiment is actually a matter of […]

by January 31, 2019 Commentary, History
Benjamin Franklin, Carey's original sponsor, was a preeminent spokesman for the political economy Carey came to espouse.

Ben Franklin on the Issue of Credit

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2019—Some words of wisdom from our philosopher-founder Benjamin Franklin are surely appropriate in these times, and his 313th birthday—to be celebrated today—is a good time to pay them heed.  Old Ben is known for shaping many aspects of our fight for independence, but one area […]

by January 17, 2019 Commentary, History
Hamilton's grand industrial project at Passaic Falls, New Jersey was part of his broad economic vision. (Leonard A. Zax)

An Appreciation of Hamilton’s Society for Useful Manufactures

(The following was written in celebration of Alexander Hamilton’s 262nd birthday, which occurs on January 11th.) By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 9, 2019—One appropriate way to get to know and appreciate Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s vision and accomplishments for our nation is to get acquainted with his pioneer project in manufacturing, […]

by January 9, 2019 Commentary, History
ST-C30-2-62                             17 Aug 1962Trip to Western States, Pierre, South DakotaPlease Credit "Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, Boston"[scratches across negative horizonatally]

JFK’s Conservation Policy versus Today’s Environmentalism

JFK’s Conservation Policy versus Today’s Environmentalism features Kennedy’s 1963 speech in Hanford, Washington.

by December 18, 2018 Commentary, History
New Revelations on British Imperialism: $45 Trillion Looted from India!

New Revelations on British Imperialism: $45 Trillion Looted from India!

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 17, 2018—New revelations have come to the fore to dramatize one of the major arguments of this blog: namely, that free trade is nothing but a genocidal looting operation, as shown by the operations of the British Empire against India. In March of this year, Columbia […]

by December 17, 2018 Contact, History, News
Washington and his cabinet

Ignoring the Founding Fathers, at Our Peril

American Dialogue: The Founders and Us, by Joseph J. Ellis.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.  283 pp. Reviewed by Edward Spannaus , November 29, 2018 This is both an ambitious and a provocative book.  Joseph Ellis, who taught college-level American history for decades,  takes the major debates among the […]

by November 29, 2018 Commentary, History
16th December 1773:  Dressed as Native Americans, a group of Bostonians board a British ship laden with imported tea and throw the full crates into the harbour. This protest against British taxation on tea imports brought the country one step closer to the American War of Independence.  (Photo by Edward Gooch/Edward Gooch/Getty Images)

The 1770 Indian Famine and the American Revolution

Oct. 5, 2018–The following is a guest article, originally published under the title “How Famine in India Sparked the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution.” It sheds considerable light on what the Founding Fathers and American population at large saw as their possible fate if they did not resist […]

by October 5, 2018 Commentary, History