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More Than a Broadway Musical: Joanne B. Freeman Discusses Alexander Hamilton
Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University

Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

“Politicians have always resorted to dumb claims, blatant insults, bold exaggerations and bald-faced lies to gain press coverage and win votes.”
– Yale History Professor Dr. Joanne B. Freeman writing in “The Long History of Political Idiocy” for The New York Times Opinion Pages, August 4, 2015

There is a difference, perhaps, between “politicians” and “Founding Fathers,” as will be discussed when the Council presents its examination of Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton, in contemporary pop culture is “the guy they wrote that musical about on Broadway.” More than two hundred years after his death, he’s the hottest ticket in New York but in history, he’s more than the lead role in a musical and beyond the category of “politician.”

The program is part of our continuing Founding Fathers Series and will be presented by Yale Professor of History and American Studies, Joanne B. Freeman. She edited Alexander Hamilton: Writings, designated as one of the Atlantic Monthly’s “Best Books of 2001.” She also is author of Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, a book described as showing “how gossip, print warfare, and dueling became accepted political weapons; and how the founders jostled for political power in the nascent republic.”

Hamilton was multi-faceted. He was a senior aide to Gen. George Washington during the Revolutionary War. He founded the Federalist Party, created the U.S. Mint, founded The New York Post and was not only Secretary of the Treasury but also the creator of the young nation’s financial system. And there’s more – books and books more of accomplishments and circumstances involving Hamilton.

Most famously, he is the only Founding Father to have been killed in a duel by a Vice President of the United States. Aaron Burr shot him on July 11, 1804, in Weehawken, N.J.

Our Founding Fathers Series

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016
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6:30 PM Reception
7:00 PM Program
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