from E.B. White, Mark Twain, Katharine Hepburn, E. E. Cummings, Alexander Hamilton, and Zero Mostel. From libraries and archives around NYC, via the NYT (more info here
posted by Miko
on Feb 14, 2010 -
"He could separate personal honor from political convictions.
A recurring theme of his career? The superiority of forgiveness over revenge". Ron Chernow
of Alexander Hamilton
puts "the father of American government
" -- the illegitimate orphan from the West Indies who rose to become George Washington's most trusted adviser
only to be snared in a sex scandal
and killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr -- under a new light. Thomas Jefferson after all, his great adversary, foresaw a nation of independent yeomen farmers. It was Hamilton who foresaw a powerful nation of cities, banks, stock, exchanges
. When Jeffersonians favored congressional power, Hamilton argued vigorously
that the executive branch was the chief engine of the government
. When the Constitution was ratified over the objections of anti-Federalists, Gore Vidal relates, “a parade featuring a ship called The Hamilton, on a float, sailed triumphantly along Wall Street as its ghost still does today.
” Anecdote: during the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Franklin suggested that there be a pause for prayer. Many delegates supported the move, except for Hamilton. "He did not see the necessity of calling in foreign aid." (.pdf file)
posted by matteo
on May 12, 2004 -