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About Nancy Bradeen Spannaus
Nancy Bradeen Spannaus started studying Alexander Hamilton in the mid-1970s. In 1977 she co-edited a book of writings on the economics of the American Revolution (The Political Economy of the American Revolution, available on Amazon), in which major excerpts from Hamilton’s major financial papers were featured.
After a career in political journalism, Nancy turned back to studying Hamilton’s American System. In 2017 she set up the blog https://americansystemnow.com, which serves as a resource on the history of the American System, and comments on current events in that light. A special feature is Hamilton's actual record in fighting to abolish slavery!
While applauding Ron Chernow's comprehensive biography, Nancy saw the need for a sharp focus on Hamilton's economics, especially his Report on Manufactures. And Miranda's Hamilton Musical created a new surge of interest. Thus, this book.
Fast forward to 2020, and the necessity for reviving Hamilton's American System becomes crystal clear. If we'd stuck with his system, we would never have gutted our health care system, outsourced our critical manufactures, and allowed the speculative practices that have gutted our infrastructure, manufacturing, and the living standards of tens of millions.
Nancy has deep New England and Revolutionary roots. She was born in Portland, Maine in 1943, of parents who both were descended from American patriots. She is a member of the DAR and of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. She and her husband Ed live in northern Virginia, where they both indulge in as much history as possible.
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While Ron Chernow's biography provided an exhaustive review of Hamilton's life, Spannaus homes in on his core ideas, starting from his Report on Manufactures. There are no romantic flourishes, as in the Musical, but the reader will find many shockers about Hamilton's attacks on plutocratic practices, and the astonishing spread of his ideas after his death. The periods of our history where Hamilton's ideas were implemented were the most productive for our prosperity, notably those of Presidents John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Roosevelt.
Kirkus called Spannaus's book "a thoughtful, well-written argument for Alexander Hamilton's financial system as a guard against tyranny." Hamilton biographer and economist Richard Sylla notes that "in our time of crumbling infrastructure, anemic economic growth, and dysfunctional government, Spannaus points to a better path, the American System of economic policy initiated by Alexander Hamilton more than two centuries ago." In sum, this book is a contribution to reviving the American System of economics which has been nearly lost for many decades--a System we clearly need to revive our economy and society today.
Most Americans actually don't—and it's not because they are actually stupid. It's because there's been a systematic suppression of the truth, to the point where it's been written out of the history books and schools throughout the nation. The Political Economy of the American Revolution was first published in 1977 in order to revive the truth about American history. Newspaper editor Nancy Spannaus and historian Christopher White assembled the crucial writings which defined the American System, as a continuation of the Italian Golden Renaissance tradition, and a war against British imperialism and free trade. They produced a book of readings which served as an assault on the Treason School of American history. This new edition adds some crucial materials, but its guts are the same: the works of Alexander Hamilton and his French predecessor, Jean-Baptiste Colbert. These are writings you either can't find anywhere else, or which are hard to find. They are supplemented by introductory essays by Spannaus and White. The scholar and the conscientious citizen will find this book indispensable. The American war against British imperialist methods continues today, and must be won.