Post Tagged with: "Constitution"

Frederick Douglass as a young man

Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass

by Nancy Spannaus Feb. 14, 2021—Being born enslaved, Frederick Augustus Bailey never could be sure of his birth day, or even year.  Ultimately, as he chose a new last name, Frederick Douglass also chose the date of his birth to be February 14, 1818. Thus, today it is appropriate to […]

by February 14, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Government
A portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762.

While Celebrating MLK, Remember Ben Franklin

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2021—While much of the nation celebrates Martin Luther King. Jr. on this weekend, my mind also goes to another American fighter for the common good, Founder Benjamin Franklin. (1706-1790) Today is the 315th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. Franklin was the quintessential organizer of our […]

by January 17, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
Marshall’s Court: Principle, Not “Issues”

Marshall’s Court: Principle, Not “Issues”

 by Edward Spannaus  John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court, a film written by Richard Brookhiser and Leo Eaton, and directed by Leo Eaton.  Eaton Creative, Inc., 2020. Running time: 2 hours, 26 minutes. Available on Amazon Prime. Richard Brookhiser, John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme […]

by October 26, 2020 0 comments History, Review
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Declaration, Through Lincoln’s Eyes

By Nancy Spannaus July 4, 2019—There was perhaps no more ardent supporter of the Declaration of Independence than Abraham Lincoln. He saw the Declaration as the moral foundation of the nation, upon which the Constitution was based. Thus, no matter how much the United States population fell short of its […]

by July 4, 2019 1 comment Commentary, History
An image of slavery in Kentucky. Under Hamilton's system, this oppression would end.

The Constitution and Slavery: The Missing Economic Dimension

A Book Review by Nancy Spannaus   No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding Sean Wilentz Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2018, 349 pp.   March 5, 2019—I can say without hesitation that anyone writing about the history of slavery in the United States should read […]

by March 5, 2019 0 comments Commentary, History
Washington and his cabinet

Ignoring the Founding Fathers, at Our Peril

American Dialogue: The Founders and Us, by Joseph J. Ellis.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.  283 pp. Reviewed by Edward Spannaus , November 29, 2018 This is both an ambitious and a provocative book.  Joseph Ellis, who taught college-level American history for decades,  takes the major debates among the […]

by November 29, 2018 1 comment Commentary, History
Chief Justice John Marshall was appointed in May 1800.

Why John Marshall Matters

The sixth and final article in the series “The Supreme Court Affirms the American System.” Sept. 17, 2018–We publish this article today to commemorate Constitution Day, the 231st anniversary of the signing of the founding document of the United States of America. It was Supreme Court Justice John Marshall who […]

by September 17, 2018 Comments are Disabled Commentary, History
The riotous scene at the White House party for Andrew Jackson's Inauguration.

Marshall Defends American System against Jacksonian Populism

by Edward Spannaus  Fifth of a series. The first four parts of this series, devoted to “John Marshall and the American System” can be found here. July 23, 2018–With the help of American System champion Henry Clay and his supporters, John Quincy Adams was elected President in early 1825, after […]

by July 23, 2018 Comments are Disabled Commentary, History
Washington led the army against the Whiskey Rebellion, and then pardoned those convicted.

Why Hamilton Promoted Presidential Pardon Power

By Edward Spannaus Update, January 21, 2021–I’m told that my 2018 article on the pardon power has, understandably, been getting a lot of “views” in the past few days. When I wrote that article, President Trump seemed to be moving toward a more liberal use of pardons in the interests […]

by June 15, 2018 Comments are Disabled Commentary
John Marshall and the American System: 6-Part Series

John Marshall and the American System: 6-Part Series

  By Edward Spannaus Part One- Marshall’s Supreme Court Affirms American System Part Two- Creating Legal Infrastructure for a National Economy Part Three- Virginia’s Assault on the Marshall Court Part Four- Steamboat Case Clears Way for the American System Part Five – Marshall Defends the American System against Jacksonian Populism. […]

by June 2, 2018 Comments are Disabled Commentary, History