Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider

Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider

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G.P. Putnam & Sons (Penguin) 2011
Social Studies Curriculum

Alexander Hamilton was one of the important forefathers of the United States of America but he did not begin his life on that continent. In fact, he was born in the West Indies and came to America upon the death of his father. There he attended school and began making the network of friends and sponsors that led him to the army and to become an aide de camp for General Washington. Hamilton used his brilliant mind to debate the issues of the day with peers and eventually decided to join the side of the American patriots. His experience, his schooling, and his ability to organize propelled him to the role of the first Secretary of the Treasury when George Washington became president. This book tells the story of his life and offers insights into the path Hamilton followed to greatness. It includes his boyhood, schooling, marriage and professional career as a soldier, a lawyer and eventually in service of his country in its earliest years. A nice mix of history and personality. 144 pages Ages 8-12

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