Learning Target: I can explain the role of Alexander Hamilton in shaping the American Economy.

Do Now: Whose faces are on money? What do they have in common?

“The $10 Founding Father without a father.”

Born out of wedlock, raised in poverty in St. Croix, abandoned by his father, and orphaned by his mother as a child, Hamilton transplanted himself as an adolescent to a New York City filled with revolutionary fervor. An eloquent and prolific writer, he was the author of two-thirds of the Federalist Papers; after serving as George Washington’s aide during the Revolutionary War, he became America’s first Treasury Secretary.

Later, Hamilton achieved the dubious distinction of being at the center of the nation’s first political sex scandal, after an extramarital affair became public. He never again held office, and before reaching the age of fifty he was dead, killed in a duel by Aaron Burr, the Vice-President, after a personal dispute escalated beyond remediation.

Hamilton - The Musical

Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs “The Hamilton Mixtape” at the White House Poetry Jam
“Hamilton”: A founding father takes to the stage - CBS
Hamilton’s impoverished childhood and immigrant origins made him unusual among the leading members of the founding generation. As a young orphan, Hamilton wrote "My Ambition is so prevalent that I contemn the grov'ling condition of a Clerk. . . I wish there was a War."
There was a war, but it was not Hamilton's greatest battle.

How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor grow up to be a hero and a scholar?