Commentary

John Trumbull's painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence

An Unhealthy Economy Makes Unhappy Americans

By Angela Vullo April 17, 2019–The U.S. Declaration of Independence states that Americans are committed to achieving “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Somewhere along the line that commitment has been lost. As the horrific increase in deaths of despair dramatizes, a large segment of Americans today are, frankly, […]

by April 17, 2019 Commentary
Stephen Knott, i the gentleman with the beard, speaking in Washington, D.C. in 2018.

Debunking Myths About Alexander Hamilton

By Nancy Spannaus April 15, 2019—When I conceived of the polemic which shapes my book Hamilton Versus Wall Street, I knew I would be debunking the myth that Alexander Hamilton was a tool of the financial class. After reading the 2002 book Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth by […]

by April 15, 2019 Commentary, History
An engine from the B&) Railroad, launched during the John Quincy Adams Administration.

Hamiltonian Economics Could Have Prevented the Civil War

Part 2 of a series By Nancy Spannaus March 25, 2019—The most compelling historical argument for the need to restore the Hamiltonian American System is the fact that Hamilton’s economic system could have prevented the U.S. Civil War. I develop this argument in Chapter 10 of my book Hamilton Versus […]

by March 25, 2019 Commentary, History
The industrial complex Alexander Hamilton began in Paterson, NJ in 1791.

No National Unity Without Hamilton’s Economics

Part 1 By Nancy Spannaus March 21, 2019—In Chapter 10 of my book Hamilton Versus Wall Street, I insist that the commitment to economic progress which Hamilton’s American System policies represent, is essential to hold the United States together as a nation. The relevance of this argument to curing the […]

by March 21, 2019 Commentary, History
A portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762.

The American Revolutionaries’ International War Against Slavery

Part I. Ben Franklin and Massachusetts Lead the Way 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 crime of promoting and enforcing the […]

by March 19, 2019 Commentary, History
The Portal Bridge, a key link on the Northeast rail corridor, and over 100 years old.

Trump Administration Sabotaging Vital Infrastructure

By Nancy Spannaus March 18, 2019—Recent announcements by the Trump Administration on critical infrastructure projects, amount to nothing less than sabotage. Without effective Congressional action to ensure Federal government funding of major capital investments in infrastructure like that now under threat, there is no hope for a sustainable economic recovery […]

by March 18, 2019 Commentary, News
Hamilton grave site at Trinity Church, in the Wall Street area of Manhattan.

We Need Hamilton to Defeat Wall Street

By Nancy Spannaus March 13, 2019—My book, Hamilton Versus Wall Street, has an urgent message for the American population: Our nation needs to take up Hamilton’s American System in order to save the nation. Once you read the book, you will understand why. A little background on how the concept […]

by March 13, 2019 Commentary
The Constitution and Slavery: The Missing Economic Dimension

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
The first Bank of the United States (Nancy Spannaus)

The Constitutionality of the National Bank

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 27, 2019—February 25 was the anniversary of a momentous event in American history—George Washington’s signing of the bill establishing the Bank of the United States.  This action was crucial to establishing a government-backed source of national credit and a uniform currency in the United States, and […]

by February 27, 2019 Commentary, Infrastructure Bank
Statue of George Washington at George Washington University.

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