Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Alexander Hamilton: From Obscurity to Greatness
By Edited by John P. Kaminski
200 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2Buy
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Born in 1755 on a small Caribbean island to unmarried parents, Alexander Hamilton did not enjoy the privileges of wealth or heredity by which so many of his contemporaries advanced to the highest levels of power. Yet Hamilton's natural ability and ambition earned him prevailing influence in the American Revolution and the government created thereafter, eventually securing his place in the pantheon of America's founders.
Editor John P. Kaminski has gathered a remarkable collection of quotations by and about Alexander Hamilton that paint for us a nuanced portrait of a complex man. Through his own words and the words of his contemporaries -- including the man who killed him in a duel, Aaron Burr -- we can gain a better understanding of this fascinating man who rose from anonymity on a small Caribbean island to the corridors of power.
Read more from and about America's founders in John P. Kaminski's America's Founders Series chapbooks, distributed by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Kaminski is also the director and co-editor of the Society Press's 27-volume series, The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution of the United States.