Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me. -Burr
This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza started and her son finished after she was gone. I loved the framing with Eliza in the prologue and epilogue. Loved piecing together where the book and musical met, loved the bits where they diverged. Loved stumbling upon the actual historical lines from letters and writings that made it into the musicals brilliant score. Shout out to Scott Brick for bringing this book to life for my ears the way few could.
I am so tired. It is so long. I want to see Hamilton. -Eliza
S Constitution. Hamilton - an avowed Federalist - then served as the nation's first secretary of the treasury, from to They had a son, Peter together. Lavien was abusive to Rachel and had spent nearly all the money she had inherited when her father died in During their tumultuous relationship, by Danish law, he even had her imprisoned for several months for adultery. When she was released, instead of returning to her husband and son, the independent-minded Rachel fled the troubled marriage and moved to St. It was there she met and moved in with James Hamilton, with whom she had another son, James Alexander's older brother , who was born in
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On this day in or , Alexander Hamilton was born in the Caribbean. If you need a quick primer on Hamilton, here are the essential facts about him. Where is Nevis and why do we care? Hamilton was born on January 11, in either or , on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies. There is a dispute among historians about his actual birth year.
Before , it was common to hear that Alexander Hamilton was, by far, the most undervalued of all the American Founding Fathers. But with the explosive popularity of the Broadway musical Hamilton , that statement is no longer accurate. Hamilton was not just important in the founding of America. He was also a fascinating historical figure and tireless public servant. Though it is easy to sing Hamilton's praises today, it is also worth noting that he was highly controversial and divisive in his own time: Hamilton was a man who inspired admiration and respect just as fiercely as he inspired outrage and offense. Indeed, a portrait can be drawn of Hamilton as a brash and renegade Founding Father who was passionate about his ideals and vision for what the new American nation could become.