Alexander Hamilton in his own words. Here is a short and accessible collection of the Founding Father's most essential writings that reflects his constitutional legacy, as part of the new Penguin Liberty series.
A Penguin Classic
Penguin Liberty is a newly curated series of historical, political and legal classic texts relevant to constitutional rights. This collection includes key historic speeches, pamphlets, essays and letters by Alexander Hamilton, focusing on his legacy as the author of the majority of the essays of The Federalist Papers, defending the U.S. Constitution. Each Penguin Liberty volume will feature a series introduction and volume introduction by series editor Corey Brettschneider.
About the Author
Corey Brettschneider is a professor of political science at Brown University, where he teaches constitutional law and politics, as well as visiting professor of law at Fordham Law School. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School. His recent writing has appeared in The New York Times, Politico, and The Washington Post. He is the author of The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents. He is also the author of two books about constitutional law and civil liberties and numerous articles that appear in top academic journals and law reviews. His constitutional law casebook is widely used in classrooms throughout the United States. Brettschneider holds a PhD in politics from Princeton and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Alexander Hamilton was born in the British West Indian island of Nevis sometime between 1755 and 1757. He served as George Washington's secretary and aide-de-camp during the Revolutionary War. He was a New York delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He organized the writing of The Federalist essays, enlisting John Jay and James Madison in the effort. From 1789 to 1795 he served as America's first secretary of the Treasury. A growing animosity between Hamilton and longtime political rival Aaron Burr culminated in a duel in 1804. Hamilton was fatally shot, and died the day after their encounter.