Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 231
Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton explores the details of Hamilton’s life from his perspective and the stories of those who knew him. Hamilton’s is a story about life, death, and the pursuit of something better.
His entire life, Hamilton was fighting to get more. He fought to escape squalor in the West Indies. He fought to gain entry into college so that he could do better in his life than his mother had done in hers. He fought, literally, in the American Revolution to gain freedom for his adopted country. He fought for Elizabeth Schuyler’s hand in marriage, and later for that marriage to continue after he was unfaithful. He fought to gain financial comfort for the country by creating a national bank. He fought for the U.S. Constitution both on the floor of the Senate and through the Federalist Papers, which promoted the point and the promise of the Constitution and how important it was for the country. At the end of his life, he fought for his life, in a duel with Aaron Burr that ended with Hamilton’s death.
Hamilton cared deeply about his own happiness, but he also cared about the United States, a land that he loved. He knew how important his role was in securing freedoms for the country and its citizens, and he stopped at nothing to make it happen.