The United States after Yorktown, 1782 (Hamilton 41)

In early 1782, the Siege of Yorktown was over, but the British government had not yet admitted defeat. Without hindsight, it was impossible to know whether or not the Revolutionary War…

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Hamilton Studies Law, 1782 (Hamilton 40)

By late December 1781, Alexander Hamilton was recovering from the Yorktown campaign at the Schuyler family mansion in Albany - still so exhausted that he hardly wrote any letters (see…

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Hamilton Returns to New York, 1781-1782 (Hamilton 39)

In October 1781, immediately after the British surrendered at Yorktown, Hamilton set off on the three-week trip to Albany, arriving there in November. By December 29, 1781, he was writing to his…

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Hamilton: Man & Musical (Talk in NYC 11/6/16)

On Sunday November 6, 2016, at 1 p.m., I'll be giving my talk "Hamilton: Man & Musical." Learn about the important events of Hamilton's life and the ideas that drove…

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Columbus Day Salute

Washington Irving on Columbus Certain it is that at the beginning of the fifteenth century, when the most intelligent minds were seeking in every direction for the scattered lights of…

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Yorktown: “The World Turned Upside Down”? (Hamilton 38)

Chernow's Alexander Hamilton, Fleming's Beat the Drum: The Siege of Yorktown, and dozens of other scholarly works state that at Yorktown on October 19, 1781, when the British marched out to surrender to the…

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Manship’s Group of Bears (New York City sculpture)

This is one of more than sixty narrations that I wrote for the Guides Who Know app on Central Park, now in production. On February 17, 1913, at Lexington Avenue and 25th…

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Yorktown, October 19, 1781, and the Aftermath (Hamilton 37)

According to eyewitness accounts of the British surrender at Yorktown on October 19, 1781, the British were valiant enemies, cowardly, and drunk; the Americans were ragged, brave, and snide; and…

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