What: A Book Talk on Alexander Hamilton by Nancy Spannaus, author of Hamilton Versus Wall Street

When: Thursday, September 7, 6:30 pm.

Where: The Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun Street, SW, Leesburg

Registration: Author Talk with Nancy Spannaus | Loudoun Museum


Learn more about the real importance of Alexander Hamilton, then and now. Despite the popularity of the Hamilton musical, the real story of Alexander Hamilton’s contribution to building the United States is largely unknown. Public historian Nancy Bradeen Spannaus seeks to fill the gap in her book Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System of Economics.

Spannaus argues that Hamilton’s key ideas appear in his masterwork, The Report on the Subject of Manufactures. The principles in that document formed the core of an American System of economics and were put into practice by our greatest Presidents.

Hamilton Talk Coming to Loudoun Museum
Nancy Spannaus holding up her book.

In her lecture, Spannaus will discuss these principles and show not only how they were put into effect throughout U.S. and world history, but how relevant they are to our economic problems today.

Hamilton Versus Wall Street was published in 2019 and has been the subject of dozens of talks on the East Coast, including at the Treasury Historical Association, Shepherd University, and the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. The book will be available for sale at the event.

Nancy Spannaus is a longtime Loudoun resident and public historian who has studied Alexander Hamilton since the 1970s. In 1977, she was co-editor of The Political Economy of the American Revolution, a compilation of key documents comprising that system, including those of Alexander Hamilton. In 2017 she began the blog americansystemnow.com, which serves as a resource for those interested in that system as it was developed and fought over throughout the centuries. The blog now contains more than 600 articles, many of which feature primary sources.

Spannaus holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and an M.S. from Columbia University.

Spannaus’s work on Hamilton has included a study of the influence of his ideas in Loudoun County. Her article “Loudoun County: Federalist Stronghold in Virginia” was published in the 2020-2021 edition of the Bulletin of Loudoun County History (available on Amazon), and republished in the May 2020 newsletter of the Lovettsville Historical Society.


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