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The C&O Canal, shown here in 1910, was one of Mercer's major accomplishments. It was inaugurated in 1828.

A Spotlight on Virginia Federalists

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 7, 2020–The newly released 2020-2021 edition of Bulletin of Loudoun County History contains a story that will come as a surprise to many: Loudoun County, Virginia was a stronghold of the Federalist Party up until the demise of that institution in 1817. Indeed, this fact even […]

by December 8, 2020 0 comments History, News
The Wall Street bull charges ahead, unlike the economy.

The Wall Street Hamilton Would Oppose

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 3, 2020–With the election all but over, Wall Street is finally back in the news. Hearings in the Congress this week brought sharp confrontations over the way the Trump administration’s rescue packages for the COVID-struck economy (like the Obama rescue packages before it) have fed the […]

by December 4, 2020 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, News
A modern apprentiship program.

A New Economic Direction Would Inspire Our Youth

By Angela Vullo November 29, 2020–In the 1950s and ‘60s when a young person in our country was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”,  the answer was likely to be an astronaut, a doctor, a teacher, or an engineer.  But, as time went on and […]

by November 29, 2020 0 comments Infrastructure Bank, News
George Washington's inauguration (national archives)

Giving Thanks for a Nation

By Nancy Spannaus November 26, 2020—Contrary to popular culture, Thanksgiving Day in the United States was never just about family. From the time of the Pilgrims, to George Washington, to Abraham Lincoln, it was about humbly expressing our gratitude for surviving as a nation (or a community), and committing ourselves […]

by November 26, 2020 1 comment Commentary, History
CWA workers building a library in Maryland.

The Emergency Jobs Program of 1933-34

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 21, 2020—When FDR’s relief expert Harry Hopkins told FDR about the looming emergency for tens of millions of Americans in the winter of 1933-34, FDR authorized action. If nothing were done, Hopkins had said, people would starve en masse. Immediate action was needed, because, as he […]

by November 21, 2020 0 comments Commentary, History
A shortened version of the cover

Groundbreaking Economic History Book Released

New Economic History Book Reveals Hidden Struggle Behind the Industrial Revolution Nationalist Statesmen Battle Wall Street and Southern Slaveholders in Fight to Create Canals, Railroads, and Modern Society November 20, 2020–What motivated the key people who created the industrial revolution? In this ground-breaking new book on economic history, author Anton […]

by November 20, 2020 2 comments History, News
The document's cover page

Hamilton and Slavery: Misinformation Refuted!

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 11, 2020—In the face of a flood of media coverage of a historical interpreter claiming Alexander Hamilton was an “enslaver,”  a detailed refutation of many of the claims has been written and made public.  Philo Hamilton and Hamilton expert Michael E. Newton declare from the outset: […]

by November 11, 2020 1 comment Alexander Hamilton, News, Uncategorized
All ready for Christmas.

Christmas Sale for Hamilton Versus Wall Street!

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 10, 2020—In this political cauldron we are living through, the people of the United States are in dire need of reacquaintance with the American System of Economics, the school of political economy established by Alexander Hamilton.  I have just the book to introduce them to it […]

by November 10, 2020 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, News
An anti-populist cartoon from the 1890s, as reproduced by Thomas Frank

Can We Revive “We the People?”

A Review of Thomas Frank’s The People, NO! A Brief History of Anti-Populism By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 7, 2020—As the current brawl over the presidential election results should make clear, the people of the United States are dangerously divided, almost split down the middle. In my view, the question before […]

by November 7, 2020 3 comments History, Review
The new Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River.

HR 6422: A “Bill to Somewhere”

By Angela Vullo Oct 27, 2020–In late August 2019, I penned an article called “Will 2020 Bring Winds of Change?,” citing an MSNBC four-part docuseries called “American Swamp,” which included a segment on infrastructure entitled “Bill to Nowhere.”  Today, I can happily report that things have changed. We now have […]

by October 27, 2020 1 comment Infrastructure Bank, News