Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

The Making of America

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"The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely agricultural and built on slave labor. He envisioned something else: a multi-racial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central government. He believed that such an America would be a land of opportunity for the poor and the newcomers. But Hamilton's vision put him at odds with his archrivals who envisioned a pastoral America of small towns, where governments were local, states would control their own destiny, and the federal government would remain small and weak. The disputes that arose during America's first decades continued through American history to our present day. Over time, because of the systems Hamilton set up and the ideas he left, his vision won out. Here is the story that epitomizes the American dream--a poor immigrant who made good in America. In the end, Hamilton rose from poverty through his intelligence and ability, and did more to shape our country than any of his contemporaries."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Abrams Books for Young Readers,, 2017
ISBN: 9781419725784
Characteristics: 203 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Oct 15, 2018

Thank you for recommending this - I just saw the play last night and interested in learning more about him.

Mar 23, 2017

Alexander Hamilton, by Teri Kanefield, is truly a fantastic biography of a great and progressive thinker and figure in American history!
Although listed in the Young Adult category, it should be read by young and old alike - - and I consider it one of the two best biographies out there today [the other being by Forrest McDonald] - - and I believe I've read every bio on Hamilton, and far too many appear to either have an underlying agenda, or an axe to grind, not nearly as thoughtful, revealing and historically accurate as the one by Ms. Kanefield [and Prof. McDonald].
A Colossal Thank You to Ms. Kanefield for writing this wonderful addition to Hamilton's place in American history!
[And the Seattle Library System is remiss in not having a copy of Forrest McDonald's bio of Hamilton.]
[Sidebar: It is really amazing to consider that had everything proposed by Hamilton been adopted, and only a partial number was, this country would be so far ahead of where it is today. When one considers what Hamilton did, both overtly and behind the scenes, it is easy to consider him to really be the Father of the country, and America's First Progressive - - what an incredibly farsighted thinker he was! And the similarities between the positions of Hamilton and JFK - - considering the historical context of each politician - - were remarkably similar!]
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