Post Tagged with: "Declaration of Independence"

The image on a medallion created by Englishman Josiah Wedgwood in 1787.

Coming Classes on Why American Slavery Persisted

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 27, 2021—Come September, I will be teaching two classes at local colleges on “Why American Slavery Persisted.” They will be offered, for a fee, at both the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Frederick Community College in Maryland, and the Lifelong Learning Program at Shepherd University […]

by August 28, 2021 3 comments News, Slavery, Uncategorized
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Why We Celebrate Gottfried Leibniz

On the occasion of his birthday, July 1, 1646 By Nancy Spannaus July 1, 2021—I’m asking you to join me in celebrating the 375th birthday of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, a universal genius whose ideas played a critical role in shaping the American republic. You can do that by exploring his […]

by July 1, 2021 1 comment Manufacturing, News
Why We Declared the Right to Happiness

Why We Declared the Right to Happiness

by Nancy Spannaus July  3, 2020—On the occasion of this Fourth of July, which is bound to be fraught with virulent attacks on the Declaration of Independence, I was tempted to simply repeat Abraham Lincoln’s stirring refutation (which I featured last year). But there was a deeper philosophical point to […]

by July 3, 2020 3 comments Commentary, History
From a poster at the Lincoln Cottage, the President's summer home in Washington, D.C.

Lincoln: What Makes a True American

By Bonnie James July 22, 2019–Abraham Lincoln gave the speech excerpted here, which came to be known as the “Electric Cord Speech,” as celebrations of the nation’s 82nd Independence Day were underway in 1858. Lincoln was then anticipating his Senate campaign against the “Little Giant,” Stephen A. Douglas. The famous […]

by July 22, 2019 0 comments Commentary, History
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
The Fight Behind the Declaration

The Fight Behind the Declaration

By Nancy Spannaus July 1, 2019–Put yourself, in your mind’s eye, back in June of 1776, specifically, the period between June 7 and July 1. It is precisely at that time that one of the most crucial political battles in the history of the American republic was fought—the battle over […]

by July 2, 2019 0 comments Commentary
A depiction of a Lincoln-Douglas debate (National Park Service)

A Reflection on Candidate Debates

By Nancy Spannaus June 30, 2019—A quick survey of the commentary on the recent Democratic presidential debates confirms that I am not the only person who was immediately struck by the contrast between these “sound-byte” events and the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. But I believe that in this time […]

by June 30, 2019 0 comments Commentary
John Trumbull's painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence

An Unhealthy Economy Makes Unhappy Americans

By Angela Vullo April 17, 2019–The U.S. Declaration of Independence states that Americans are committed to achieving “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Somewhere along the line that commitment has been lost. As the horrific increase in deaths of despair dramatizes, a large segment of Americans today are, frankly, […]

by April 17, 2019 0 comments Commentary
Leaders of the First Continental Congress, which vowed to stop the slave trade.

Guess Who Insisted on Slavery in Colonial America?

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 30, 2019—Abraham Lincoln was right when he declared that, at the time of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the Constitution, it was widely expected that slavery was on the wane, and would soon die out. That broad sentiment is actually a matter of […]

by January 31, 2019 6 comments Commentary, History
Statues of the Lincoln-Douglas debate in Alton, Illinois. (Nancy Spannaus)

The Fruits of True Freedom–Happy Fourth of July!

By Nancy Spannaus July 4, 2018—Today we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, which was a watershed in world history, as well as the cornerstone for the founding of the United States. This soaring and revolutionary declaration of principle is the bedrock upon which the subsequent Constitution was created, and which […]

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