Alexander Hamilton: A Biography

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1982 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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The founders of the American republic were ardently concerned with the judgment of posterity. Had they known what a fickle muse Clio would prove to be, they might have been more anxious. The making of myths and legends, complete with a hagiology and demonology, is inherent in the process of evolution toward nationhood. Consequently, individual actors in the original drama have often been consigned by History to roles they did not actually play, and the most important of them have played shifting roles, being heroes in one generation and villains in the next. It is therefore not surprising that Alexander Hamilton--along with Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison--has had his ups and downs at the hands of historians.
  

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Still the definitive academic biography of Colonel Hamilton, Professor McDonald provide an in-depth study. Not the quickest read, but if you seek to know the man that was A. Hamilton commit to this text. Read full review

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Still the definitive academic biography of Colonel Hamilton, Professor McDonald provide an in-depth study. Not the quickest read, but if you seek to know the man that was A. Hamilton commit to this text. Read full review

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Contents

Young Man Hamilton
3
Education in the Political Arts 17751783
27
Education in the Legal Arts 17821784
49
Completion of an Education 17841787
71
Constitutional Revolution A Preliminary Step
95
Hamiltonianism
117
The Financial Dilemma
143
Funding and Assumption
163
Attack and Counterattack 17911792
237
The Duel with Jefferson 1793
263
Prime Minister
285
Minister in Absentia
307
The Adams Years 17971801
329
Epilogue
355
Notes
365
Index
451

The Mint the Excise and the Bank
189
Triumph and Trouble 1791
211

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About the author (1982)

Forrest McDonald is Distinguished University Research Professor of History at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He is the author of many books on American history including A Constitutional History of the United States, E Pluribus Unum, and Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution.

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