Soldier and Founder: Alexander Hamilton

Overview

Alexander Hamilton rose from life as an orphan to one of America’s Founding Fathers. A military man, Hamilton fought for the freedom of the colonies from Britain, and later became a member of Congress. While serving as the secretary of the treasury, he founded the U.S. Mint, the first national bank, and supported a number of tariffs meant to lend financial stability to the United States.
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Overview

Alexander Hamilton rose from life as an orphan to one of America’s Founding Fathers. A military man, Hamilton fought for the freedom of the colonies from Britain, and later became a member of Congress. While serving as the secretary of the treasury, he founded the U.S. Mint, the first national bank, and supported a number of tariffs meant to lend financial stability to the United States.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
This volume is a part of the "We the People" biography series. Alexander Hamilton was an important figure in the earliest days of the United States of America. This text provides a compelling picture of his life that will engage the interest of young readers. Alexander Hamilton was born on an island in the Caribbean Sea. Because his parents were not married, Alexander Hamilton was looked down on as a child and always felt he had to prove his worth. His family struggled financially, and his mother died when he was thirteen. He went to live with the family of a friend and eventually became friendly with Hugh Knox, who arranged for Hamilton to go to college in America. He quickly became active in the patriot cause. Sharing details about his youth will get younger readers hooked and excited about the more familiar story that follows. Sadly, Hamilton's life ended prematurely as a result of a duel with Aaron Burr. The book also includes a timeline, short paragraphs about important figures in Hamilton's life, resources for further reading, and an index. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756541163
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Capstone We the People Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.
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Table of Contents

Building a New Government 4

From St. Croix to America 8

Revolution 14

Troubles for the Country 21

The Constitution 25

Serving the Government 30

Last Struggles 36

Glossary 42

Did You Know? 43

Important Dates 44

Important People 45

Want to Know More? 46

Index 48

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