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Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Federalist: Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Bastard, Patriot

Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Bastard, Patriot
Alexander Hamilton was a bastard, but he was a righteous bastard.
By       18, 2015
Alexander Hamilton was a bastard. Indeed, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson never tired of calling him that – the ‘Bastard Brat of a Scots Pedlar’ who infuriated them time and again. They called him this for one reason above all: that when it came to forming the American nation, Alexander Hamilton ate their lunch. In the debate over the course America ought to take, it is Hamilton’s vision of the American economic structure, the American system of government, and the American system of federalism that prevailed over the visions of others. It was a vision that largely endured for a century and a half, and in that time saw a collection of colonies and a sleepy agrarian economy transformed into the greatest nation the world ever knew. The inventions of an aggressively active mind who did not live to see them turned out to sustain the freedoms of a people Hamilton loved with the love of an adopted son.
Had Alexander Hamilton died taking Redoubt Ten at Yorktown, bayonets fixed and muskets unloaded, he would have died a more significant American than his fellow Columbia student Barack Obama, who has now deigned to displace him from the ten dollar bill.

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