The Reynolds Affair, Phase I (Hamilton 63a)

In which Hamilton has a torrid affair, and pays a price.  [NOTE: My latest thoughts on the Reynolds Affair are available in my hour-long talk “Alexander Hamilton and the Reynolds…

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The Report on Manufactures, December 1791 (Hamilton 62)

Hamilton proposes to stimulate manufacturing in order to help make Americans prosperous. This post on Hamilton's Report on Manufactures (submitted to Congress on December 5, 1791) is the third of three posts…

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The National Bank and the Mint, Dec. 1790-Feb. 1791 (Hamilton 61)

Second of three posts on Hamilton's financial program, 1790-1791. Last week's post, the introduction to this series, included a chronology of Hamilton's major writings as secretary of the Treasury and an…

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Samuel Finley Breese Morse (Central Park)

This is Essay 7 from my 2003 book Forgotten Delights: The Producers, A Selection of Manhattan's Outdoor Sculptures. .. -. ...- . -. - -- .-. -- ..-. -- -- .-.…

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The First Report on Public Credit, January 1790 (Hamilton 60)

Tiptoeing on eggshells across a minefield: a non-economist grapples with Hamilton's major works as secretary of the Treasury. This week's post includes an outline of Hamilton's First Report on Public…

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Hamilton Named Secretary of the Treasury, 1789 (Hamilton 59)

Hamilton plunges into business as secretary of the Treasury. Setting precedents Once the Constitution was ratified, the new United States government had to be constructed from the ground up. One…

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The Federalist Papers, Part 5 (Hamilton 57)

This is the fifth and final post of my favorite excerpts from the Federalist Papers, including nos. 84-85. The post on nos. 1-20 is here; on nos. 21-36, here; on nos. 37-70,…

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The Federalist Papers, Part 4 (Hamilton 56)

This is the fourth post of my favorite excerpts from the Federalist Papers, including nos. 71-83. The post on nos. 1-20 is here; on nos. 21-36, here; on nos. 37-70, here.  In…

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The Federalist Papers, Part 3 (Hamilton 55)

This is the third post of my favorite excerpts from the Federalist Papers, including nos. 37-70. The post on nos. 1-20 is here; on nos. 21-36, here.  In brief, the excerpts made…

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