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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 Commentary, History
Depiction of Jackson inauguration (Wikipedia Commons)

The Pathway to “A More Perfect Union”

The Growth and Collapse of One American Nation, The Early Republic 1790-1861 By Donald J. Fraser Fraser & Associates, Roseville, California, 2020, 605 pp.   A Book Review by Nancy Spannaus June 21, 2020—In examining the question of what defines an American identity, author Donald Fraser has chosen one of […]

by June 21, 2020 History, Review
A depiction of the Stamp Act Congress

Stamp Act Resistance Spurs Anti-Slavery Fight

Part 2 of The American Revolutionaries’ International War Against Slavery: 1765-1767 (For Part 1, click here ) By Colin Lowry In early January of 1765, Prime Minister George Grenville was determined to whip the American colonies into complete dependence on Britain, and he devised the Stamp Act in an effort to […]

by February 6, 2020 History, Slavery
British slavery in the West Indies.

Historians Challenge NYTimes on Slavery

By Nancy Spannaus December 26, 2019—It’s about time. Five prominent U.S. historians have come forward to challenge some egregious errors in the NY Times’ 1619 Project, a major intervention on the issue of American slavery’s role in the United States which the Times published in August of this year. The […]

by December 26, 2019 History, News
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 (Part 2 is now available here.) 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 […]

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