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The Importance of Alexander Hamilton

Ben offers a historical primer on the Founding’s most exciting and interesting Father.


On a moonless Autumn night, a young Alexander Hamilton charged ahead of his troops during an assault against the British fortifications at Yorktown. With fixed bayonets, Hamilton captured the critical Redoubt No.10 by cold steel and courage alone, helping to win the battle and end the war.

Had Hamilton been cut down that night, he would still deserve the praise of nation. Because he survived, and that he continued to serve in the Founding, Hamilton deserves the admiration of all history.

Today on The Federalist Radio Hour, Ben Domenech offers a primer on America’s youngest and perhaps most important Founding Father.

Click here to listen, or use the embedded clip below:

For additional reading, Ben recommends:

The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton by Michael P. Federici.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy by Thomas McCraw.