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Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America

Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America

by Teri Kanefield
Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America

Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America

by Teri Kanefield


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The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely agricultural and built on slave labor. He envisioned something else: a multi-racial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central government. He believed that such an America would be a land of opportunity for the poor and the newcomers. But Hamilton’s vision put him at odds with his archrivals who envisioned a pastoral America of small towns, where governments were local, states would control their own destiny, and the federal government would remain small and weak.
The disputes that arose during America’s first decades continued through American history to our present day. Over time, because of the systems Hamilton set up and the ideas he left, his vision won out. Here is the story that epitomizes the American dream—a poor immigrant who made good in America. In the end, Hamilton rose from poverty through his intelligence and ability, and did more to shape our country than any of his contemporaries.

Related subjects and concepts discussed in the book include:
Law and Legal Concepts
Due process
Bill of Rights
Freedom of Speech and the Press
Originalism / nonoriginalism (theories of Constitutional interpretation)
Checks and Balances
Electoral College
Financial Concepts
Securities: Stocks and Bonds

About the Series
The Making of America series traces the constitutional history of the United States through overlapping biographies of American men and women. The debates that raged when our nation was founded have been argued ever since: How should the Constitution be interpreted? What is the meaning, and where are the limits of personal liberty? What is the proper role of the federal government? Who should be included in “we the people”? Each biography in the series tells the story of an American leader who helped shape the United States of today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683350811
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 866,458
Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Teri Kanefield is the author of Alexander Hamilton and Andrew Jackson from the Marking of America series, as well as The Girl from the Tar Paper School and The Extraordinary Suzy Wright. She lives in San Luis Obispo, California.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Duel 1

1 An Orphan and a Dreamer 6

2 An Immigrant 20

3 A Soldier 33

4 Victory in Love and War 48

5 Striving for Magnificence 65

6 Capitalism: A New Vision for America 77

7 Due Process of Law 85

8 Steps in the Right Direction 97

9 The Good Ship Hamilton 104

10 Secretary of the Treasury 123

11 Rivalry with Jefferson 143

12 Rivalry with Burr 154

13 Afterward 172

14 Legacy 176

Samples of Alexander Hamilton's Work 178

Time Line 186

Endnotes 188

Bibliography 198

Acknowledgments 200

Index 201

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