Jun 24
—Dec 31, 2016

Alexander Hamilton: Striver, Statesman, Scoundrel


New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Ave. & 42nd St.
Manhattan, NY 10018


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With all the press around the musical Hamilton, it's hard to believe that Alexander Hamilton was once a forgotten founding father—never becoming President and not living to see 50. This exhibit, drawn mostly from the library's collection, explores his background: fighting alongside Lafayette during the Revolutionary War, condemning Jefferson's stance on slavery while marrying into one of New York's most prominent slave-owning families and helping develop the fledgling nation's new financial system. Among the highlights on display is a copy of Hamilton's draft of George Washington's Farewell Address, dated August 10, 1796. For more information, visit nypl.org.


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