Alexander Hamilton, luckily not soon to be removed from the $10 bill, has been thought of by many scholars as perhaps the most brilliant and important contributors to our country’s form of government. But in the popular mind he was almost forgotten for the past 200 years, at least until Lin Manuel Miranda’s spectacular hip-hop Broadway hit brought him back to life. Hamilton was villified by both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams among our founding “heroes” and accused by many in the early press as a “foreigner,” a “bastard,” and “mulatto.” Only very recently through Lin Manuel Miranda’s brilliant interpretation of Hamilton and his times is our appreciation of this major founding father being transformed.
Research for this Genogram Story by Monica McGoldrick is based on the following sources:
Chernow, Ron. (2004). Alexander Hamilton. New York: Penguin.
Ellis, Joseph. (2000). Founding brothers: The revolutionary generation. New York: Viking.
Rogow, Arnold A. (1998). A fatal friendship: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. New York: Hill and Wang.
St. George, Judith (2009). The duel: The parallel lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. New York: Viking.
Stern Randall, Willard. (2003). Alexander Hamilton: A life. New York: Harper.