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One of the most vivid, influential, and controversial figures of the American founding, Alexander Hamilton was an unusually prolific and vigorous writer. As a military aide to George Washington, forceful critic of the Articles of Confederation, persuasive proponent of ratification of the Constitution, first Secretary of the Treasury, and leader of the Federalist party, Hamilton devoted himself to the creation of a militarily and economically powerful American nation guided by a strong republican government. His public and private writings demonstrate the perceptive intelligence, confident advocacy, driving ambition, and profound concern for honor and reputation that contributed both to his rise to fame and to his tragic early death.

Arranged chronologically, Writings contains more than 170 letters, speeches, essays, reports, and memoranda written between 1769 and 1804. Included are all 51 of Hamilton?s contributions to The Federalist, as well as subsequent writing calling for a broad construction of federal power under the Constitution; his famous speech to the Constitutional Convention, which gave rise to accusations that he favored monarchy; early writings supporting the Revolutionary cause and a stronger central government; his visionary reports as Treasury secretary on the public credit, a national bank, and the encouragement of American manufactures; a detailed confession of adultery made by Hamilton in order to defend himself against charges of official misconduct; and his self-destructive attack on John Adams during the 1800 campaign. An extensive selection of private letters illuminates Hamilton?s complex relationship with George Washington, his deep affection for his wife and children, his mounting fears during the 1790s regarding the Jeffersonian opposition and the French Revolution, and his profound distrust of Aaron Burr. Included in an appendix are conflicting eyewitness accounts of the Hamilton-Burr duel.

Joanne Freeman is the editor.

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An extensive selection of private letters illuminates Alexander Hamilton's complex relationship with George Washington, his deep affection for his family, his mounting fears during the 1790s regarding Jeffersonian opposition and the French Revolution, and his profound distrust of Aaron Burr.

About the Author

Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) was born in the West Indies and served during the War of Independence as a captain. His military brilliance was recognized, and he was sent on several important military commissions. He was George Washington’s secretary and aide-de-camp and in 1787 become a Member of the Constitutional Convention. From 1789 to 1795 he was the first Secretary of the Treasury, and in 1801 he held the casting vote against Burr and for Jefferson. He fought a duel with Burr and died the next day.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931082044
Editor:
Freeman, Joanne B.
Author:
Freeman, Joanne B.
Author:
Hamilton, Alexander
Publisher:
Library of America
Location:
New York
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
United States - 18th Century
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Series:
Library of America (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
350129
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
1108
Dimensions:
8.16x5.20x1.38 in. 1.60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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