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Last year for #MAGAWeek2018 I highlighted several of our great Founding Fathers, including obvious picks like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. I also threw in the less-obvious son of a Framer, John Quincy Adams. One key Framer I left out: the ubiquitous Alexander Hamilton.
Hamilton has enjoyed a huge renaissance in recent years due to the smash Broadway musical about his life. That has done more to put Hamilton into the public consciousness than any biography of the Secretary of Treasury’s life could hope to do (although Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspired to write Hamilton after reading Ron Chernow’s extensive biography). My students now are excited when we hit Washington’s administration in AP US History class, and many of them know more Hamilton than I do.
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