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Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton | Ron Chernow
In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all. Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow's biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today's America is the result of Hamilton's countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. To repudiate his legacy, Chernow writes, is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world. Chernow here recounts Hamilton's turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington's aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Historians have long told the story of America's birth as the triumph of Jefferson's democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we've encountered beforefrom his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton's famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804. Chernow's biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America's birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.
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vlwelser
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I don't know what to tell you about this. It's 36 hours give or take. And there are no song or dance numbers. How that brilliant man turned this into a musical is beyond me. It's very interesting but the minutia is a bit boring.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Amiable
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Celebrated hubby‘s birthday by spending it with Alexander Hamilton and Company. So grateful that Broadway is open again! It was simply incredible. Still amazed that Lin Manuel Miranda managed to turn Ron Chernow‘s weighty nonfiction tome into this musical masterpiece.

Ruthiella I saw it a couple of months ago after TWO cancellations due to the pandemic. It was awesome. Nothing beats live theater! 8mo
TrishB Loved it ❤️ 8mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m going to see it again next month. 🤗 8mo
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intothehallofbooks
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Dense, but this time in US/British history is one of my favorites to revisit. It‘s cool to be able to visualize events and people as I read about them. It‘s even more cool to be able to stop and research more about people, places, legislation, and battles as I‘m reading. Goes well with the Presidential and Constitutional podcasts. Also goes well with the TURN TV show (so, so good!!).

Scott Brick‘s narration is 💯 as expected.

howjessicareads I love Scott Brick! And Alexander Hamilton. This audiobook was my catnip. 1y
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MandaMarie123
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“The more I see, the more I find reason for those who love this country to weep over its blindness” - Alexander Hamilton

ElectroEidos Irrelevant but your dog is so cute! 1y
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MandaMarie123
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“Prejudice and private interest will be antagonists too powerful for public spirit and public good.”

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TuesdayReviews
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Evening plans.

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book-quet
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Pickpick

Finally finished this monstrosity. Very good book, Alexander Hamilton‘s life was fascinating. I had a hard time reading through the parts where he was Treasury Secretary (a lot of finance and economics). Also hard reading through the Adams and Jefferson years - a lot of bitchy dude drama, and they say women are the more emotional sex. Overall excellent read 5/5 would recommend if you like biographies and nonfiction. I cried a few times.

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TuesdayReviews
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“If Washington was the father of the country and Madison the father of the Constitution, then Alexander Hamilton was surely the father of the American government.”

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“If the laws are to be trampled upon with impunity, and a minority is to dictate to the majority, there is an end put at one stroke to republican government” - George Washington

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This line from a letter from Angelica to Eliza probably inspired the reference to sharing Hamilton in the musical:

“By my Amiable, you know that I mean your husband, for I love him very much and, if you were as generous as the old Romans, you would lend him to me for a little while.”

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TuesdayReviews
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It‘s hard for us to fathom today, but at the dawn of our country response to an epidemic became politicized.

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Hamilton, who never officially finished college, authored most of the Federalist Papers, served as Secretary of the Treasury, and received honorary doctorates from Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, Harvard, and Brown before he turned 40.

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TuesdayReviews
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Hamilton grasped a basic, fundamental truth about policy:

“Whoever considers the nature of our government with discernment will see that though obstacles and delays will frequently stand in the way of adoption of good measures, yet once adopted, they are likely to be stable and permanent. It will be far more difficult to UNDO than to DO.”

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TuesdayReviews
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Lin Manuel Miranda left out the flirtatious friendship between Angelica and Jefferson.

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“In the final tally, The Federalist Papers ran to 85 essays, with 51 attributed to Hamilton, 29 to Madison, and only 5 to Jay. Since Hamilton had not reckoned on Jay‘s illness and had expected to include Morris and Duer, he could have never anticipated that he and Madison would write so much in 7 months—some 175,000 words in all. . . . The Federalist ended up running to two volumes of about 600 pages.”

#TheManIsNonStop

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Juliwyant
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Started this book as part of a reading group months ago but work got in the way. Started over.....reading one chapter a day. Listening to unabridged audio while following along in my physical book. Not sure why....but I love listening while reading along :)

LatrelWhite I do too! 1y
Allylu Me too! My husband has read this book twice. 1y
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TuesdayReviews
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“Few, if any, other founding fathers opposed slavery more consistently or toiled harder to eradicate it than Hamilton—a fact that belies the historical stereotype that he cared only for the rich and privileged.”

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TuesdayReviews
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“Blackstone taught Hamilton a reverential enthusiasm for the law itself. . . . Moreover, the law as Blackstone spelled it out resolved once and for all the tension Hamilton felt between liberty and law.” - Forrest McDonald

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TuesdayReviews
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“From the First Philippic of Demosthenes, [Hamilton] plucked a passage that summed up his conception of a leader as someone who would not pander to popular whims. ‘As a general marches at the head of his troops,‘ so should wise politicians ‘march at the head of affairs, insomuch that they ought not to wait the event to know what measures to take, but the measures which they have taken ought to produce the event.‘”

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Jen_Reads
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So apparently when I have trouble focusing on an audiobook or podcast while at work and I don‘t know what to listen to, Hamilton is my automatic go to.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My year in books. 190 books read this year. Six reading challenges completed.

rachelm 🙌🏼😍 1y
PurpleyPumpkin Fantastic!🎉 1y
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PurpleyPumpkin Happy New Year to you too! Wishing you all the best for 2021. 🥰 1y
Kenyazero Nice! 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Kenyazero Thank you and Happy New Year! 1y
Gissy Congratulations! 📚📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏👏📚🎉🎊 1y
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dariazeoli
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Andrew65 One I am wanting to read. 1y
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MandaMarie123
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Each year, I choose a book for my “yearly read”and divide it into 12 parts. I begin each month by reading the next part in the book. My book for 2021 will be Alexander Hamilton and I‘m so excited!

rather_be_reading great idea! 1y
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Brooke_H
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Excellent. Humanizes not only Hamilton, but also Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Burr, Laurens...etc. It's absolutely exhaustive, yet manages to (mostly) not be dry. I was kind of surprised at how the heartbreaking parts of Hamilton's story really managed to be legit upsetting, even though I already knew what was coming. The book begins with Eliza and ends with Eliza...I would read an 800-pager about her for sure.

(quarantine book #109)

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Brooke_H
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Relatable. At least we aren‘t dipping our masks in vinegar this time or chewing garlic... 🤔 #Hamilton #RonChernow #Biography #History

4thhouseontheleft I remember reading that section when I read this book, but 2020‘s pandemic definitely puts a different spin on it! 2y
Brooke_H @4thhouseontheleft Also so interesting that the Federalists and the Republicans are making how to treat the pandemic so political! Nothing changes! 😂 2y
K.Wielechowski I just recovered from covid and couldn‘t smell vinegar so that wouldn‘t be so bad for people who have it 😂 2y
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Brooke_H @K.Wielechowski Oh I‘m so happy you‘ve recovered!! How awful for you! 2y
K.Wielechowski @Brooke_H thank you!!! I‘m very lucky it was a mild/moderate case. 2y
cozypunk Thank goodness we now know to roast garlic cloves before eating them whole! 🤭 1y
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LatrelWhite
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #AlexanderHamilton finished yesterday. Loved it!💕

Pageturner1 that looks so cozy🍂🍁 very pretty 2y
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LatrelWhite
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Wow 1793 reads like 2020. Pandemic, face coverings, 😷no shaking hands, separating from family, Political bickering, and Law enforcement militia threats...who knew, we just repeat history never learn from it. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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LatrelWhite
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🍂Nothing like hot oatmeal & buttery raisin bread with some #AlexanderHamilton on a cold morning.🌨

Bookwormjillk That looks awesome 👏 2y
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LatrelWhite
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🍂Loving this making a little headway. #AlexanderHamilton 🎧 #Sunday morning reading!

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LatrelWhite
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It‘s about to go down for the next few days!🤣

Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow‘s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today‘s America is the result of Hamilton‘s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time.

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Professional_Book_Dragon
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This will be an epic journey! I don‘t think I‘ve ever listened to an audio book this long.

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mjtwo
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6-23 October 2020 (audiobook)
I began after watching Hamilton on Disney+ and realising how little of my undergrad American Revolution class I had retained. I am now certainly able to follow the show better and can even sing/rap along - what I was really looking for, of course. The book was long (37 hours!) and repetitive at times but gave me insight to the musical, war of Independence and even the current political situation and psyche of the US.

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Chrissyreadit
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Any other Hamilton fans? I love this cast so much sharing in case anyone else would enjoy the music and the message

https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1317488036851089410?s=20

KatieDid927 Thanks for sharing! I gotta send to my mom. Took her to a Broadway performance a couple springs ago. 2y
Clare-Dragonfly That was fun! Thanks for sharing! 2y
Nute That just made my entire day!🙌🏽 2y
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CoffeeK8 This was great! Thanks for sharing this! 2y
GingerAntics 💙💙💙 2y
CaliforniaCay 💛🖤 2y
Gaylagal2 I am crazy for Hamilton! I've watched it probably 20 times😁 And PS: I voted absontee #BidenHarris2020 (edited) 2y
Bookzombie 💗💗 2y
BethM Love Hamilton! 2y
daisyheadmaesie UGH YES ME!!!! We've got tickets to see it next July and I HOPE TO GOD WE'LL STILL BE ABLE TO! 2y
Chrissyreadit @daisyheadmaesie I hope you do too! It is AMAZING!!! 2y
Chrissyreadit @Gaylagal2 🙌🙌 early voting tomorrow!!!! I want to get a shirt that says “I‘m Speaking” and just wear it every day! #Harris2024 2y
Gaylagal2 @Chrissyreadit Yes you should!! Love it and I say at work to my coworkers (some are drump sniffer s 🙄) and it goes right over there heads....hahahaha. 2y
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AutumnRLS
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I borrowed the audio book from the library because reading it was taking too long. When I'm not listening to that I'm listening to the Broadway cast recording.

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Davidtk20
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Pickpick

O Hamilton, the great statesman who had been so misunderstood has been vindicated by the legendary Chernow. I hope his legacy continues to grow and be remembered as one of America‘s foremost founding fathers; upon whose work the United States government was formed

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Cortg
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AkashaVampie Great job sweetie 2y
katy4peas At least 5 of those are on my TBR. Nice job! 👍🏼 2y
AlaMich You read Hamilton PLUS all those other books in one month?!? I‘m the slowest reader ever and I‘m so jealous of people who can get through that many books in a month. 2y
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Cortg @AlaMich I‘m a slow reader too, I just read a lot because I don‘t really watch TV. I started Hamilton in July for a buddy read. We read about 13 pages a day for 7 weeks! Also, 5 of the books I Iistened to! I listen to books when I walk the dog, clean the house, do mindless tasks at work (usually an hour or 2) and two were graphic novels 😂 2y
Cortg @katy4peas Awesome! We have similar book tastes 😉 2y
Bookworm54 @AlaMich I feel that! I see some people‘s monthly wrap up and I‘m just like, well I read the 1 I planned and started the next! :D my main reason for the jealousy is I would get through my physical tbr in no time if I managed the same feat haha 2y
AlaMich @Bookworm54 Exactly! So many to read, so little time! 2y
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Cortg
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ElizaMarie I have considered reading it since my husband got super obsessed with the show and we have watched it way too many times!
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AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie my 14 yr old is obsessed with the musical. 2y
Cortg My daughter and I saw the show on Broadway a couple years ago, it was amazing! My son‘s English 101 class at the community college will be based off the musical. We already own the CD and the Hamilton Revolution book required for the class 😂 Chernow‘s book gives such great detail about his life that the musical touches on. I‘d recommend it if you‘re interested in learning more about his life. @ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie 2y
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Cortg
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4 more days until we wrap up #HamiltonTogether with Penguin Press!

Trashcanman Well don't know, there is no, modern romance. 2y
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katy4peas
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Raise a glass to freedom. Something they can never take away. 🎶🎶🎶. #vote #vote #vote

RiverKScottWrites Uggghhhh. I just watched this for the second time this week and crudeness harder than the first time! 😭 VOTE 🗳 2y
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ReaderSean
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You know it‘s a good book if you actually regret being done 730 pages later. Brilliant biography of Hamilton, certainly one of the most interesting Founding Fathers. A soldier, Washington‘s right hand man, vigorous defender of Federalism and the progenitor of America‘s financial system, Hamilton worked harder than anyone to actually effectuate that “more perfect Union”. Ron Chernow writes brilliantly and the sheer scale of his research is evident.

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Cortg
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Made it to the halfway point and things are going to get steamy! #HamiltonTogether

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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We are done! So for One Last Time here's the Review:
It's a talented writer who can make a Door Stopper of a Nonfiction History Book this interesting. I was most struck by similarities between then and now. From Divisive Politics, how we handle a medical crisis, and the American People continually Voting against their own Best Interests.
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@Graciouswarriorprincess @Mrs_B
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Cheshirecat913 I enjoyed reading your recaps! I have this on my TBR list, so hopefully one day I will get to it. 2y
KarouBlue Agreed! I also enjoyed your recaps! 2y
ChamomileAndCupcakes I also finished this is the last few days (took me around 3 months), and I thought the same as you! The similarities between then and now really are striking. 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Do you read end notes of books? The above is from author Ron Chernow. His wife died not long after the book was published from Ovarian Cancer. 😭
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@Graciouswarriorprincess @Mrs_B
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Graciouswarriorprincess How sweet! I am haven‘t read them but that‘s all that I left to read. 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Graciouswarriorprincess it caught me off guard. I was just skimming through and then bam. 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Epilogue - In Which we see Eliza. She really did tell her Dear Hamilton‘s story. Her widowhood lasted 50 years. She raised her children and had kindness for others. For 27 years 'with a tenacity that Hamilton would have savored, she oversaw every aspect of the New York Orphan Asylum Society.' ⬇️

Crinoline_Laphroaig A fiesty woman who told off President Monroe and was the toast of many a Washington dinner party. "A devout woman, Eliza never lost her faith that she and Hamilton would be gloriously reunited in the afterlife....She was buried where she had always longed to be: right beside her Hamilton in the Trinity Churchyard." 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Chapter 43 - In Which Burr really is the worst: "For the rest of his life, he never uttered one word of contrition for having killed a man with a wife and seven children and behaved as if Hamilton‘s family did not exist."
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@Graciouswarriorprincess @Mrs_B
@MellieAntoinette @Kloves2read
But Hamilton had the last victory. ⬇️

Crinoline_Laphroaig "Thus, Hamilton triumphed posthumously over Burr, converting the latter‘s victory at Weehawken into his political coup de grâce. Burr‘s reputation perished along with Hamilton, exactly as Hamilton had anticipated. Both the Jeffersonian and Federalist press canonized Hamilton and vied in detestation of Burr." 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig And tomorrow's it Eliza and the Epilogue! 2y
Susanita “He‘s never gon be president now.” 2y
KarouBlue @Susanita Bwahahahaha 🙃🤣🤗🤣🙃 2y
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