The Reynolds Affair, Phase III (Hamilton 63c)

In which Callender accuses Hamilton of speculation, and Hamilton replies: June to August 1797. [NOTE: My latest thoughts on the Reynolds Affair are available in my hour-long talk “Alexander Hamilton and…

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The Reynolds Affair, Phase II (Hamilton 63b)

In which Reynolds accuses Hamilton of speculation: December 1792. [NOTE: My latest thoughts on the Reynolds Affair are available in my hour-long talk “Alexander Hamilton and the Reynolds Affair: A Three-Part…

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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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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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

"The Minstrel Boy" Listen (John McDermott has a wonderful voice!) as if you'd never heard this song before. It isn't just about Ireland: it's about not surrendering your values. The Minstrel-boy to…

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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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