Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America
FDU’s Weiner Library to host “Alexander Hamilton” traveling exhibition
Teaneck, NJ (September 16, 2008) – His face is on the ten-dollar bill, but most Americans know more about his death in a duel than his remarkable life as one of the most influential figures in U.S. history. Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury at age 32, is the focus of a groundbreaking new traveling exhibition opening at FDU’s Weiner Library on October 16.
The exhibition was organized by the New-York Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the American Library Association with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America” tells the story of Hamilton’s rise from an orphaned, 15-year-old West Indies immigrant to George Washington’s war-time aide – a Revolutionary War patriot and soldier, financial and legal genius, and an ardent opponent of slavery. He was the chief architect of many of the financial, political and legal institutions so familiar to Americans today.
Historian and Hamilton biographer Richard Brookhiser said, “When you cash a paycheck or vote for President, follow the war against terrorism or criticize the government, read a newspaper or sit next to someone of a different race on the subway, you are doing something that he foresaw and helped to make happen.”
The exhibit will be at the Weiner Library from October 16 – December 5, 2008, during library hours. The library is located on River Road, Teaneck, NJ. For more information, visit http://library.fdu.edu or call (201) 692 2279. To arrange for groups of 10 or more, call (201) 692 2285.