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New research has revealed that Alexander Hamilton, in all likelihood, was born and raised Jewish. This radical reassessment of Hamilton’s religious upbringing gives light to a new perspective on both his life and the country he helped forge.
In this four-session course, based on research from his recently published The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton, historian Andrew Porwancher revolutionizes the understanding of an American icon and the role of Jews in founding America. As the guns of the Revolution finally fell silent and Americans turned to the task of self-governance, the question of Jewish rights took on outsized significance. Jews became a test case for whether the high ideals of the Revolution would translate into democratic realities or give way to old bigotries. While George Washington’s 1790 letter recognizing Jews as citizens is a key first for a head of state, there existed contradictory attitudes toward America’s Jewish community amongst its iconic founders — Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, John Jay.
Porwancher will draw from untapped archives in the Caribbean to explore Alexander Hamilton’s Jewish and identity as a young boy to better illuminate the upbringing of this enigmatic leader. He will provide insight into the role each one of these founding fathers played in the forging of the New Republic that would struggle with the politics of religious freedom for centuries to come.
Purchase The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton.
This class will take place on January 24, 31, February 7, and 14 from 6:30-7:30 pm ET. Session will take place live online with an opportunity to interact with the instructor and be recorded for later viewing by patrons.
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Andrew Porwancher currently serves as the Ernest May Fellow at Harvard and the Wick Cary Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma. He previously held fellowships at Princeton and Oxford. Princeton University Press recently published his third book, The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton. In 2017, Porwancher won the Longmire Prize for innovative teaching. A native of Princeton, New Jersey, he earned degrees from Brown and Northwestern before completing his PhD in history at Cambridge.
Jews, Hamilton, and the American Founding
William Craft Brumfield