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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.

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"This excellent book about Alexander Hamilton and his times... recounts the political, Constitutional, economic, and financial history of the United States from the American Revolution to that day in July 1804, when Hamilton was killed in the duel with Burr. The story of the rise of the new nation, of cementing of the Union, is admirably told....vivid, readable history."

—Daniel J. Boorstein

"Miller possesses to an unusual degree the ability to clarify complex issues and events. His discussions of Hamilton's reports as Secretary of the Treasury are models of clarity.... [This book] avoids the cliches and stereotypes we have come to associate with one of the most controversial figures in American history."

—Harold C. Syrett

"This is Miller's best book, and also the best full-length biography in the Hamilton literature."

—Merrill D. Peterson, William and Mary Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765805515
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • 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.

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Table of Contents

Transaction Introduction
1 The Making of a Revolutionary 3
2 Aide-de-Camp to Washington 17
3 The Struggle Against Inflation 43
4 The Quarrel with Washington 62
5 Congress and the Army 83
6 Law and the Loyalists 100
7 "A Rage for Liberty" 111
8 Democracy and Banking 120
9 "More Power to Congress" 131
10 The Constitutional Convention (1) 151
11 The Constitutional Convention (2) 171
12 The Federalist 184
13 The Rule of Law 193
14 A More Perfect Union 206
15 The First Secretary of the Treasury 219
16 The Report on Public Credit 229
17 "Speculators" vs. "Patriots" 238
18 The Bank of the United States 255
19 The Report on Manufactures 278
20 The Effort to Transform the American Economy 296
21 The Opposition Emerges 311
22 The Attack upon Hamilton 322
23 Hamilton's Quarrel with Jefferson and Burr 343
24 The Proclamation of Neutrality 363
25 The War Clouds Gather 379
26 The Whisky Rebellion 396
27 Jay's Treaty 415
28 The Election of 1796 435
29 The Mission to France 451
30 Second in Command of the United States Army 466
31 The War That Refused to Come to a Boil 479
32 The Effort to Avert Peace 493
33 The Election of 1800 509
34 A Prophet of Woe 533
35 Defender of the Freedom of the Press 544
36 The Duel with Burr 557
Notes 577
Bibliography 623
Index 641
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