Alexander Hamilton and the Growth of the New Nation

Alexander Hamilton and the Growth of the New Nation

by John C. Miller
     
 

Probably no American statesman displayed more constructive imagination than did Alexander Hamilton. Prodigal of ideas, bursting with plans for diversifying the economy, and obsessed by a determination to make the United States a powerful nation under a centralized government, he left an imprint upon this country that time has not effaced. Alexander Hamilton and

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Probably no American statesman displayed more constructive imagination than did Alexander Hamilton. Prodigal of ideas, bursting with plans for diversifying the economy, and obsessed by a determination to make the United States a powerful nation under a centralized government, he left an imprint upon this country that time has not effaced. Alexander Hamilton and the Growth of the New Nation is the premier biography of Alexander Hamilton written by one of the foremost scholars of early American history.

Hamilton's career was at times contradictory: born, in John Adams's words, the "bastard brat of a Scotch peddler," he rose to high social, political, and military position in the newly born country. He dreaded divisiveness, yet his strate­gies and actions aggravated political sectionalism. Miller weaves together the complex facets of Hamilton's life to make a vivid, absorbing biography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765805515
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Series:
American Presidents Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
677
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

John C. Miller (1907-1991) was Edgar E. Robinson Pro­fessor of U.S. History at Stanford University. His books in­clude Sam Adams, Crisis in Freedom: The Alien and Sedition Acts, The Federalist Era, 1789-1801, The First Frontier: Life in Colonial America, and Origins of the American Revolution. A. Owen Aldridge is professor of comparative literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Early American Literature: A Comparatist Ap­proach and editor of The Ibero-American Enlightenment and Comparative Literature: Matter and Method.

Table of Contents

Transaction Introduction
Introduction
1The Making of a Revolutionary3
2Aide-de-Camp to Washington17
3The Struggle Against Inflation43
4The Quarrel with Washington62
5Congress and the Army83
6Law and the Loyalists100
7"A Rage for Liberty"111
8Democracy and Banking120
9"More Power to Congress"131
10The Constitutional Convention (1)151
11The Constitutional Convention (2)171
12The Federalist184
13The Rule of Law193
14A More Perfect Union206
15The First Secretary of the Treasury219
16The Report on Public Credit229
17"Speculators" vs. "Patriots"238
18The Bank of the United States255
19The Report on Manufactures278
20The Effort to Transform the American Economy296
21The Opposition Emerges311
22The Attack upon Hamilton322
23Hamilton's Quarrel with Jefferson and Burr343
24The Proclamation of Neutrality363
25The War Clouds Gather379
26The Whisky Rebellion396
27Jay's Treaty415
28The Election of 1796435
29The Mission to France451
30Second in Command of the United States Army466
31The War That Refused to Come to a Boil479
32The Effort to Avert Peace493
33The Election of 1800509
34A Prophet of Woe533
35Defender of the Freedom of the Press544
36The Duel with Burr557
Notes577
Bibliography623
Index641

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