Preparing for America’s 250th Birthday

By Nancy Spannaus*

March 6, 2024 –As the nation gets closer to the 250th anniversary of its birth, on July 4, 1776, I am happy to offer two new presentations in anticipation of that momentous event.

A Four-Part Class

The first is a four-part class series on the American Revolution, sponsored by the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture. The first class will be held on Wednesday, March 13, beginning at 7:00 PM Eastern, and lasting until 8:30. The sessions are on zoom and free, with a suggested donation of $30 per class. The time to sign up is now. You can register to get the zoom link by clicking here.

Preparing for America's 250th Birthday
Fireworks in Washington, D.C. on the Fourth of July

The class descriptions reads:

Are you prepared for the celebration of America’s 250th Birthday, coming up on July 4, 2026?  Or have you been confused by all the recent discussion about the America’s early history, much of which seems to imply that we never should have declared independence from the British Empire? Does confronting the very real shortcomings of our Founding Fathers mean that we have to be ashamed of our Revolution? How should we address those shortcomings, whose consequences are still ripping us apart today?

If these questions bother you, we have just the class series you need.

On Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 Eastern, public historian Nancy Spannaus will begin a four-part class on The Core Principles of the American Revolution. Spannaus is the author of two recent books on the Revolution’s leading economic geniusAlexander Hamilton: Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System of Economics (2019), and Defeating Slavery: Hamilton’s American System Showed the Way. (2023) Her in-depth knowledge of the early days of our republic will be brought to bear in this concise introduction to the true significance of the American Revolution.

Each class will involve substantial discussion of documents from the era. Students are encouraged to supplement the presentations by reading Spannaus’ books, but that is not required.

The general topics of the four-part series are:

  1. Causes of the Revolution
  2. How Revolutionary was the American Revolution?
  3. The Role of Alexander Hamilton
  4. Has America’s Revolutionary Heritage Survived?

The Revolutionary War Conference 250 in the Mohawk Valley

My second presentation will come during the annual American Revolution Conference sponsored by the Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park, which will occur this year on June 14-16 in Fort Plain, New York. This conference brings historians from around the country to present unique insights into the events of the Revolution, and is always a lively affair. This year’s topics will range from the visits of the Marquis de Lafayette to the Mohawk Valley, to Benedict Arnold’s raid on New London in 1781.

Alexander Hamilton, in a painting by John Trumbull.

My speech, not surprisingly, will deal with one of the crucial roles of Alexander Hamilton in the Revolution. It is entitled “Alexander Hamilton’s War for American Economic Independence Through Two Documents: The Full Vindication of the Measures of Congress (Dec. 15, 1774) and The Farmer Refuted (Feb. 23, 1775).” These documents come at the very beginning of Hamilton’s political career, but a careful review uncovers the seeds of the principles that would guide his fight to create an economically independent republic.

Registration for this exciting conference is open now. I urge you to check it out and sign up by clicking here.

*Nancy Spannaus is the author of Hamilton Versus Wall Street , and Defeating Slavery: Hamilton’s American System Showed the Way. (Click here to get the book.)