Alexander Hamilton

1) My I Am Person is Alexander Hamilton

2) Before my research, i had known that Hamilton had been famous for participating in the American Revolution and had been apart of the Continental Congress. I also knew that when the Constitution was made, he had been on the federalists side and later when political parties began to seperate the members of the government, Hamilton had tooked sides with the federalists.

3) When i had researched about Hamiltons early life and then his achievements as an adult, i realized that he went from being really really poor to being very very famous. While i was researching, different questions came in to mind like how he was able to afford everything he had after his mothers death, when he was eleven years old. Or, i wondered how he had become famous in New York and why he felt so strongly for his beliefs for the American revolution considering he wasnt very educated at the time this all happend.

-Considering Hamilton had been extremely poor in his early years, how was he able to found the federalists party, which is basically for the wealthy and elite?
-With a lot to lose, why had Hamilton been so eager to go against Aaron Burr in a duel, dated July 11, 1804?

Alexander Hamilton's lifetime

Primary Sources

The Federalists Papers
|Exerpt from report on manufactures (1791)
|Exerpt from Hamiltons Opinion on a nation bank (1791)

-"The proposed Constitution, so far from implying an abolition of the State governments, makes them constituent parts of the national sovereignty, by allowing them a direct representation in the Senate, and leaves in their possession certain exclusive and very important portions of sovereign power. This fully corresponds . . . with the idea of a federal government."
-"[The government has] a right to employ all the means requisite, and fairly applicable to the attainment of the ends of such power; and which are not precluded by restrictions and exceptions specified in the constitution; or not immoral, or not contrary to the essential ends of political society."
-"Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint." -The federalists papers No. 15
-"All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and wellborn, the other the mass of the people. . . . The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct, permanent share in the government. They will check the unsteadiness of the second, and as they cannot receive any advantage by change, they therefore will ever maintain good government."

Notes for Speech at Federalists Convention- June 18, 1787
Letter from Hamilton to F.W. Seward on Military Affairs

Secondary Sources

Hamilton-Burr Duel
Aaron Burr- The Man Who Killed Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton
Burr-Hamilton Duel