Founders

American System founder Alexander Hamilton, a new statue at the Coast Guard Academy (Dianne Durante)

How the Founders Overcame Economic Collapse

By Nancy Spannaus April 22, 2020—An op-ed by two economists in the April 12 edition of the Dallas Morning News put forward a message of hope for navigating the current virus-sparked crisis in the United States. “The founders faced economic collapse after the American Revolution. We can learn from their […]

by April 23, 2020 Founders, News
Speaking at the Byrd Center next to the big screen.

A Lively Exchange in Shepherdstown

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 6, 2020—My presentation of Hamilton Versus Wall Street at the Byrd Center for Congressional Education and Education at Shepherd University last night led to a lively exchange with the nearly 50 participants. This was the kind of discussion which conscientious citizens should be having all over […]

by February 6, 2020 Founders, News
A Hamilton statue at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, close to the Grange.

Hamilton Celebrated at the Grange

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 14, 2020—An overflow crowd attended the full day of celebrations for Alexander Hamilton’s 266th birthday at The Grange, his final home, on Jan. 11. The event, which was sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness (AHA) Society and the National Park Service, featured five back-to-back sessions addressing […]

by January 14, 2020 Founders, News
Sergio Villavicencio, speaking on Hamilton's birthday January 11, 2020

Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 13, 2020—Would Alexander Hamilton have been able to contribute as much as he did to the nation had he been born in the mainland colonies?  Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society Vice-President Sergio Villavicencio set out to answer this question in his kickoff speech during the January 11 […]

by January 13, 2020 Founders, News
Alexander Hamilton and Public Administration

Alexander Hamilton and Public Administration

Dr. Richard Green presents his book at the AHA Society’s Happy Birthday Hamilton! Celebrations. A video of the presentation can be accessed here. By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 10, 2020–Who would have thought a presentation about public administration could be so lively! Yet Dr. Richard Green, a Professor of Public Administration […]

by January 10, 2020 Founders, News
Abraham Lincoln (public domain)

Abraham Lincoln on “Discoveries and Inventions”

(This post is part of a series on the American System approach to mankind’s relationship to the environment. The other articles are FDR versus Today’s Environmentalism: Saving Mankind and Nature; Nuclear Energy & the Environment: Bring on Small Modular Reactors; and JFK’s Conservation Policy versus Today’s Environmentalism.)   By Nancy […]

by January 7, 2019 Commentary, Statesmen
Alexander Hamilton, founder of the American System. Portrait, Painted by John Trumbull

Alexander Hamilton’s Genius Can Save Our Nation

(The following essay was written as a submission to a contest sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, in which contestants were to address how Hamilton had affected their lives. This essay came in second. I republish it because it will give you a sense of my orientation in running […]

by February 28, 2018 Commentary, Economists
A Message That Should Resonate Today: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

A Message That Should Resonate Today: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

by Nancy Spannaus Aug. 20–It is a testament to the greatness of American System President Abraham Lincoln, that many of his speeches and policies have such a lasting quality, a core of truth, that they are relevant even today. Such, in my view, is Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. It is […]

by August 20, 2017 Commentary, Founders
President George Washington (1789-1797)

President George Washington (1789-1797)

Our first President (1732-1799) was of one mind with Alexander Hamilton on the requirements for establishing a credit system that would use federal government powers to develop the U.S. economy through promoting scientific agriculture and manufactures. He was committed to creating unity in the nation through economic projects, and to […]

by June 9, 2017 Statesmen
Henry Clay

Henry Clay

It is to Henry Clay (1777-1852) that the concept of the American System is most commonly attributed. Clay came on the political scene in the election of 1810 as an advocate of American national interests against the depredations of the British Empire at the time. As Speaker of the House […]

by June 9, 2017 Statesmen