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A photograph of the First Decoration Day, May 30, 1868.

Memorial Day and the Road to Reconciliation

By Edward and Nancy Spannaus May 30, 2021—In his Second Inaugural Address, which occurred only 41 days before his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln concluded with an appeal for bringing the nation together: With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to […]

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President Kennedy activating Hanford civilian reactor in September 1963.

President Kennedy: Nuclear Power Visionary

By Nancy Spannaus May 29, 2021—”By 1967, 1968, 1970, in the Northeast United States, where power rates are nearly double yours, we are going to find atomic power increasingly competitive, and by the end of this century this is going to be a tremendous source. Our experts estimate that half of […]

by May 29, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Nuclear Power
President Dwight Eisenhower

A Timely Remembrance of President Eisenhower

By Nancy Spannaus May 17, 2021—Neither Republicans nor Democrats have a kind thing to say about President Dwight D. Eisenhower these days. Yet, provoked by the horrors of the Middle East crisis, I found myself looking once more at the record of the last General we had as President of […]

by May 17, 2021 2 comments Commentary, Government
General Douglas MacArthur

Gen. Douglas MacArthur: American System Statesman

By Steve Douglas May 6, 2021–Americans are likely to recall Gen. Douglas MacArthur as the victorious World War II commander of American forces in the Pacific, and perhaps as the hero of the Korean War. If so, they will be shocked to learn that MacArthur became a fierce opponent of […]

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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
The Norris Dam at Muscle Shoals, the signature dam of FDR's TVA

How FDR Built Vital Infrastructure

Part four of the series Funding Infrastructure the American System Way By Nancy Spannaus April 22, 2021—From rural electrification to roads, water mains, flood control, and national parks (just to name a few), there are few elements of our core national infrastructure today which were not built under the administration […]

by April 22, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Infrastructure
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
The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal today. It was the first canal to get funding from the Bank of the United States.

America’s 1820’s Infrastructure Boom

Part 2 of Funding Infrastructure the American System Way. Part 1 can be found here . By Nancy Spannaus March 15, 2021–Anyone looking seriously at how to fund a comprehensive infrastructure plan for the United States must take an in-depth look at America’s 1820’s infrastructure boom. In the period between […]

by March 15, 2021 1 comment Commentary, Infrastructure
The Watts Bar nuclear plant, one of three run by the TVA.

Biden’s Climate Plan Has a Nuclear Solution

By Jonathan Tennenbaum (March 7, 2021–The following article is reprinted from Asia Times, which published it on March 5, as part 4 in a series entitled “Watch out! Biden wants to save the planet!” I consider its approach coherent with that I put forward in my recent post on nuclear […]

by March 7, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Nuclear Power
Frederick Douglass as a young man

Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass

by Nancy Spannaus Feb. 14, 2021—Being born enslaved, Frederick Augustus Bailey never could be sure of his birth day, or even year.  Ultimately, as he chose a new last name, Frederick Douglass also chose the date of his birth to be February 14, 1818. Thus, today it is appropriate to […]

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