Commentary

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

Hamilton’s Vision: “Perfect Harmony of All the Parts”

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 20, 2019—In his grand exposition of his vision for a future American industrial republic, the 1791 Report on Manufactures, our First Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton laid special stress on the fact that his economic policy was the essential grounding for national unity. Contrary to the accusation […]

by February 20, 2019 Commentary
A contemporary scene of poverty in Alabama.

Rep. Tom Jackson Speaks on the “State” of Alabama

By Angela Vullo Feb. 17, 2019–Approximately fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King made his pleas for economic justice, we are confronted with the fact that wealth inequality has turned the United States into one of the most extremely income-stratified nations in the world. In this context, it is instructive […]

by February 17, 2019 Commentary, News