Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-6

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Foreword

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pp. vii-x

Americans have an unusual relationship to the founding era of their nation. They not only revere their many Founding Fathers but study their lives and writings with great avidity. Curators, scholars, and popular writers respond to this taste with exhibits, books, videos, and conferences. Bicentennial commemorations of the American Revolution began in 1975 and continued annually with reenactments, tours, and TV shows. Alexander...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xxi

Considering the reputations of all the Founding Fathers, that of Alexander Hamilton has taken the wildest swings. Over the past two centuries, he has by turns been vilified as a cunning, aristocratic cryptomonarchist out to strangle American democracy in its cradle, and hailed as a steely-eyed visionary who secured the economic foundations of the republic and fathered the modern American industrial state. How one...

Hamilton Chronology

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pp. xxiii-xxiv

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A Full Vindication

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pp. 1-39

On October 14, 1774, the Continental Congress issued its Declaration and Resolves in response to Parliament’s legislative retaliation for the Boston Tea Party. The Coercive Acts, as they came to be called, were four-fold: The Boston Port Act shut the Boston Harbor to all ocean traffic; the second act made the Massachusetts Council appointive and limited town meetings; the third allowed royal officials charged with capital crimes in the colonies to be tried in England; and the fourth...

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The Farmer Refuted

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pp. 41-135

In response to Hamilton’s Full Vindication, the Rev. Samuel Seabury blasted back in the New York press on January 5, 1775. The “Westchester Farmer’s” A View of the Controversy between Great-Britain and her Colonies . . . (London, 1775) mocked his adversary’s facile invocations of “natural rights of mankind,” declaring that “Man in the state of nature may be considered as perfectly free from all restraints of law and government...

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Remarks on the Quebec Bill

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pp. 137-152

The same parliamentary session that passed the Coercive Acts in 1774 also passed new legislation for the governance of predominantly Catholic Francophone Quebec, which had been won from France in the Seven Years’War. Ostensibly a measure to grant “the free exercise of the religion of the Church of Rome” to a colony of officially Protestant Britain, the Quebec Act deeply unnerved the thirteen colonies. In the first place, the...

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Publius

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pp. 153-164

Hamilton´s adoption of the nom de plume “Publius” reflects his reading while serving as a member of General Washington’s staff from 1777 to 1778. He used an Army pay-book as a commonplace book, filled with notes from his wide readings in subjects from finance to history. A particular favorite was Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, whence he derived the name later associated with The Federalist Papers. ...

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The Continentalist

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pp. 165-200

Hamilton resigned from Washington’s staff in February 1781 after three years as one of Washington’s closest aides. Although he was eager to acquire a battlefield command, while he waited for a new assignment, he continued his reading in political economy and finance. It was during this interlude that he wrote a long letter to Robert Morris, the newly named congressional superintendent of finance, congratulating him on...

Index

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pp. 201-206