Backstory Radio: “Immigrants Get the Job Done”
Explore the truth behind Hamilton’s immigrant background.
Kate Elizabeth Brown, an Assistant Professor of History and Political Science at Huntington University in Indiana and author of Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law, joins us to explore more about the Alexander Hamilton we don’t know, the Hamilton who helped develop American law.
Who was the Marquis de Lafayette?
How did he make the Patriots’ success in the American Revolution possible?
And why did a group known as the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America build an exact replica of the French frigate that brought Lafayette to the United States?
These are just some of the questions that Miles Young, President of the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America will answer in this listener-requested episode.
Explore the rest of the collection from Ben Franklin’s World to find Hamilton-related podcasts, hosted by the College of William and Mary sponsored Omohundro Institute.
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke continue their discussion of Jay’s new book, The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy. Here, we see that Madison and Hamilton began to diverge over big policy ideas. Hamilton believed that his economic program was necessary for the prosperity, and ultimately the national security of the country. Madison, on the other hand, reckoned that Hamilton’s system was too favorable in how it treated the wealthy, and also worried that it facilitated political corruption.
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the Anti-Federalists, the politicians and polemicists who opposed the Constitution during the ratification debate of 1787-1788. The Anti-Federalists had a lot of different grounds for objecting to the new Constitution, but they were still well within the mainstream of American political thought, and many of them would go on to have sterling political careers. That includes James Monroe, who opposed the Constitution at the Virginia Ratifying Convention in the summer of 1788 but would eventually become the nation’s fifth president.