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Remembering Ulysses S. Grant on His Birthday

Remembering Ulysses S. Grant on His Birthday

by Bonnie James Ulysses S. Grant, the outstanding hero of the U.S. Civil War, who brought peace to the nation with the surrender of the Confederate armies at Appomattox; two-term President of the United States; friend and ally of Abraham Lincoln; and protector and advocate for the emancipated African-American slaves, […]

by April 26, 2018 History
Frances Perkins speaks with FDR.

Frances Perkins: A Role Model for Our Time

By Angela Vullo April 26, 2018–Frances Perkins was one of the driving forces behind Franklin Roosevelt’s historic presidency.  From her crucial role in FDR’s cabinet when he was Governor of New York, through all of his terms in the White House, Perkins was at his side, battling to bring forth […]

by April 26, 2018 Commentary
FDR visits with farmers in North Dakota in the 1936 campaign.

FDR’s 100 Days Put the Constitution Into Action

By Nancy Spannaus The following discussion of FDR’s 100 Days was written in May of 2013, and has been slightly edited for republication. FDR’s New Deal moved to reverse more than 30 years of subversion of the American System of economics, and restore the principles enshrined in the Preamble of […]

by April 25, 2018 Commentary, History
Nigerian President Buhari (center) with leaders of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (Lawrence Freeman)

Save Lake Chad with Transaqua: Nkrumah and FDR Would Concur

By Lawrence Freeman, April 24, 2018 In 1943, after having flown over the Sahara Desert on his way to a Casablanca conference with Winston Churchill, President Franklin Roosevelt remarked to his son Elliott, that with the recreation of a lake in the depressed flats in North Africa, “The Sahara would […]

by April 24, 2018 News
Construction workers in the Apollo program.

The Cost of Infrastructure Decline–Opioid Deaths Among Hardhats

By Angela Vullo April 22, 2018–Sometimes there are unintended, even deadly, consequences in neglecting basic infrastructure.  This is one of those times.  Not only is America’s once prided infrastructure crumbling to the ground, but the workforce most responsible for building that infrastructure is facing dire conditions. This reality was exposed […]

by April 22, 2018 Infrastructure, News
Franklin Roosevelt Addresses the Nation on Banking Crisis in March, 1933

FDR’s Hundred Days, 85th Anniversary: Profound Crises Require Real Leadership

Book Review by John Ascher   Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America, Adam Cohen Penguin Press, 2009, 372 pp.   April 21, 2018–Outstanding amongst the more recent portrayals of President Franklin Roosevelt’s “100 Days” is the account in Nothing to Fear, the […]

by April 21, 2018 Commentary, Glass-Steagall, History
A full-throated tweet (Larry Keller-birdshare)

AmericanSystemNow Takes Flight–Now on Twitter

April 17, 2018—Americansystemnow. com has a new platform for circulation and expansion. You can now find us on twitter! We urge our readers to take advantage of this move in order to “tweet away” with links to our growing array of articles, and help us build up a broad following. […]

by April 18, 2018 About
Interstate commerce like the C&O Canal, shown here, demanded a national legal infrastructure. (National Park Service)

Creating Legal Infrastructure for a National Economy

Part II of The Supreme Court Affirms the American System by Edward Spannaus April 17, 2018–As we discussed in the first article in this series, John Marshall’s monumental ruling in McCullough vs. Maryland not only upheld the constitutionality of the National Bank, but it established in American law the principle that […]

by April 17, 2018 Commentary
Rob Atkinson (left) and Michael Lind at the National Press Club on April 16, 2018. (Nancy Spannaus)

New Book Argues “Big Is Beautiful”

By Nancy Spannaus Washington, D.C., April 16, 2018—“Big Is Beautiful,” argue the authors of a new book by that name presented at the National Press Club today. In a panel discussion moderated by Financial Times editor Edward Luce, co-authors Rob Atkinson of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)   and […]

by April 16, 2018 News
Let the Debate on Hamiltonian Policies Begin!

Let the Debate on Hamiltonian Policies Begin!

Alexander Hamilton on Finance, Credit, and Debt Richard Sylla and David J. Cowen Columbia University Press, New York City, 2018, 345 pp. A review by Nancy Spannaus April 13, 2018—When co-author Richard Sylla presented this book at the National Archives on March 14, I immediately thought that his Alexander Hamilton […]

by April 15, 2018 Commentary