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The Signing of the Constitution, an oil by Thomas Rossiter. Courtesy of the New York Historical Society

Frederick Douglass on the U.S. Constitution

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 20, 2021—It’s Constitution Week, and long past time that we Americans went beyond the cursory knowledge which most of us have had of our nation’s founding document. The recent tendency to damn the U.S. Constitution as a virtual pact with the devil is particularly disturbing to […]

by September 20, 2021 2 comments Commentary, Slavery
Rand speaking on Hamilton's military history at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

A Remembrance of Hamilton Rand Scholet

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 6, 2021—The most appropriate way to respond to the tragically early death of Rand Scholet, founder of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (AHA Society), is to press on with his mission of educating people about Alexander Hamilton. In this short remembrance, I want to review how […]

by August 6, 2021 2 comments Commentary, News
A Hamilton tribute at his graveside ceremony in 2018.

The Tragedy of Alexander Hamilton’s Death

By Nancy Spannaus July 11, 2021—For the second year in a row, ceremonies at the gravesite of Alexander Hamilton at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan have had to be cancelled due to pandemic precautions. But that should not stop us from commemorating the life of this great man, and acknowledging […]

by July 11, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
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 […]

by May 30, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
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 […]

by May 6, 2021 0 comments Commentary, 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
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