Alexander Hamilton

The Making of America

A fascinating and fresh account of the visionary founding father Alexander Hamilton

By Teri Kanefield Read by Pete Cross Biographies & Memoirs / History - United States / Middle Grade Nonfiction English, Unabridged 3h 55m Sell Sheet Also available on
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Part 1 of the The Making of America series.

							The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely agricultural and built on slave labor. He envisioned something else: a multi-racial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central government. He believed that such an America would be a land of opportunity for the poor and the newcomers. But Hamilton's vision put him at odds with his archrivals who envisioned a pastoral America of small towns, where governments were local, states would control their own destiny, and the federal government would remain small and weak. 

The disputes that arose during America's first decades continued through American history to our present day. Over time, because of the systems Hamilton set up and the ideas he left, his vision won out. Here is the story that epitomizes the American dream-a poor immigrant who made good in America. In the end, Hamilton rose from poverty through his intelligence and ability and did more to shape our country than any of his contemporaries.

"[A] lucid biography that illuminates the personality and politics of Alexander Hamilton, spotlighting his role in shaping the structure of the U.S. government and economy." - Publishers Weekly

"The strength of the book is the generous use of Hamilton's own words...A solid introduction to a charismatic founding father." - Kirkus Reviews

"A great addition to upper elementary and middle school libraries...students will crave this title." - School Library Journal

"Thoroughly researched and cited, this book is accessibly written and full of valuable information...Hamilton's intelligence, ceaseless drive, and penchant for speaking his mind come across, giving readers a clear view of Hamilton's character and his role in creating America." - Booklist