The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of America's Most Elusive Founding Father

The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of America's Most Elusive Founding Father

by Douglas Ambrose
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814707246

ISBN-13: 9780814707241

Pub. Date: 09/01/2007

Publisher: New York University Press

Revolutionary War officer, co-author of the Federalist Papers, our first Treasury Secretary, Thomas Jefferson's nemesis, and victim of a fatal duel with Aaron Burr: Alexander Hamilton has been the focus of debate from his day to ours. On the one hand, Hamilton was the quintessential Founding Father, playing a central role in every key debate and event in the

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Revolutionary War officer, co-author of the Federalist Papers, our first Treasury Secretary, Thomas Jefferson's nemesis, and victim of a fatal duel with Aaron Burr: Alexander Hamilton has been the focus of debate from his day to ours. On the one hand, Hamilton was the quintessential Founding Father, playing a central role in every key debate and event in the Revolutionary and Early Republic eras. On the other hand, he has received far less popular and scholarly attention than his brethren. Who was he really and what is his legacy?

Scholars have long disagreed. Was Hamilton a closet monarchist or a sincere republican? A victim of partisan politics or one of its most active promoters? A lackey for British interests or a foreign policy mastermind? The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton addresses these and other perennial questions. Leading Hamilton scholars, both historians and political scientists alike, present fresh evidence and new, sometimes competing, interpretations of the man, his thought, and the legacy he has had on America and the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814707241
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: The Life and Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton   Douglas Ambrose     1
The Contest with Jefferson
"Opposed in Death as in Life": Hamilton and Jefferson in American Memory   Stephen Knott     25
The Hamiltonian Invention of Thomas Jefferson   Robert M. S. McDonald     54
Alexander Hamilton's View of Thomas Jefferson's Ideology and Character   James H. Read     77
Hamilton's Republicanism
Reforming Republicanism: Alexander Hamilton's Theory of Republican Citizenship and Press Liberty   Robert W. T. Martin     109
Understanding the Confusing Role of Virtue in The Federalist: The Rhetorical Demands of Two Audiences   Barry Alan Shain     134
Madison versus Hamilton: The Battle over Republicanism and the Role of Public Opinion   Colleen A. Sheehan     165
Hamilton's Legacies
Alexander Hamilton and the 1790s Economy: A Reappraisal   Carey Roberts     211
Hamilton and Haiti   Daniel G. Lang     231
Hamilton, Croly, and American Public Philosophy   Peter McNamara     247
Epilogue: Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, and the Spirit of Capitalism   John Patrick Diggins     267
Contributors     283
Index     285

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