American Experience: Alexander Hamilton Series

Lectures curated around American Experience: Alexander Hamilton that traces the life and contributions of this colorful statesman. As the first secretary of the treasury during the early years of the republic, Hamilton led the transformation of the young country into a commercial and industrial powerhouse. He had a vision, not of what America was, but of what it could become. This program portrays the underappreciated genius who laid the groundwork for the nation’s modern economy including the banking system, Wall Street, and an “opportunity society” in which talent and hard work, not birth, determined success. One of the most controversial men of his age, Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor, and arrogance. His life and career were marked by a stunning rise to power, scandal, and tragedy. He had one of the most notorious love affairs of any public figure in American history and met his death in a startling act of political violence, a duel with Aaron Burr.

Lectures curated around American Experience: Alexander Hamilton that traces the life and contributions of this colorful statesman. As the first secretary of the treasury during the early years of the republic, Hamilton led the transformation of the young country into a commercial and industrial powerhouse. He had a vision, not of what America was, but of what it could become. This program portrays the underappreciated genius who laid the groundwork for the nation’s modern economy including the banking system, Wall Street, and an “opportunity society” in which talent and hard work, not birth, determined success. One of the most controversial men of his age, Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor, and arrogance. His life and career were marked by a stunning rise to power, scandal, and tragedy. He had one of the most notorious love affairs of any public figure in American history and met his death in a startling act of political violence, a duel with Aaron Burr.