Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America

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A groundbreaking national traveling exhibition opening at the (NAME OF LIBRARY) on (DATE) tells the remarkable story of Alexander Hamilton, the statesman whose face is on the ten-dollar bill, but whose life is a mystery to most Americans. Hamilton (1757-1804), became the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury at age 32, and was a Revolutionary War soldier, financial and legal genius, opponent of slavery, and author of most of the Federalist Papers, which were critical in 1787-1788 in gaining popular support to ratify the Constitution.

"Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America" recounts Hamilton's meteoric rise from an orphaned, 15-year-old immigrant to George Washington's aide and a pivotal figure in the founding of the country. Hamilton foresaw the complex modern society the U.S. would become and was a driving force in creating the financial, political and legal systems that have shaped the nation for more than 200 years.

The exhibition was organized by the New-York Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the American Library Association, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The (NAME OF LIBRARY) is offering free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition. Please call (TELEPHONE NUMBER) for details or check the library web site at (WEB SITE ADDRESS).