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An image of slavery in Kentucky. Under Hamilton's system, this oppression would end.

Hamilton’s Economics Aimed to End Slavery

By Nancy Spannaus October 23, 2019—Growing publicity for the off-Broadway play “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda,” which seeks to rebut the presentation of Alexander Hamilton as an abolitionist, has inspired me to write my own rebuttal. I assert that Alexander Hamilton’s economics aimed to end slavery, from the very beginning, […]

by October 23, 2019 Commentary, News
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 Commentary, History
Statues of the Lincoln-Douglas debate in Alton, Illinois. (Nancy Spannaus)

Remembering Lincoln’s “House Divided” Speech

By Nancy Spannaus June 16, 2019—In my Internet scanning today, I happened to note that it is the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s famous “House Divided” speech, which was given at the Illinois State Republican Convention in 1858. This was the convention which nominated Lincoln to run against Stephen Douglass for […]

by June 17, 2019 Commentary, History
Joel Achenbach (right) with host Walter Washington (left)

Presenting George Washington’s “Grand Idea”

By Nancy Spannaus May 20, 2019–George Washington’s “Grand Idea” of uniting the country through developing the Potomac River as the gateway to the West, was the subject of a lively book talk last night. Author Joel Achenbach spoke to a group of approximately 30 people about his book The Grand […]

by May 20, 2019 History, News
A portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762.

The American Revolutionaries’ International War Against Slavery

Part I. Ben Franklin and Massachusetts Lead the Way By Colin Lowry March 19, 2019 In the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams, is a paragraph condemning King George III of Britain for the crime of promoting and enforcing the […]

by March 19, 2019 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 Commentary, History
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 Commentary, History
Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass: “Knowledge Unfits a Man to be a Slave”

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 12, 2018—Three days ago, my husband and I attended a local event sponsored by the Edwin Washington Project, a non-profit devoted to documenting the history of education during the era of segregation in Loudoun County, Virginia, where we live. The speeches on the struggle waged to […]

by November 12, 2018 Commentary
Abraham Lincoln

A Good Speech on Abraham Lincoln’s Early Life

Up From Obscurity: The Influence of Lincoln’s Early Life on His Thought and Politics (The following speech was presented on Feb. 11, 2018 by Michael Lynch, director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.. The venue was a meeting of MOLLUS, the Military […]

by February 14, 2018 Commentary
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the American System

By Rochelle Ascher A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 1 1809-1849 By Sidney Blumenthal Simon & Schuster, 2016, 576 pp Feb. 10, 2018–As someone who has made the study of Abraham Lincoln a major part of my adult life, I can say that this book is one […]

by February 10, 2018 Commentary