Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton

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"Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton" focuses on Hamilton's character --his strengths and weaknesse -- and what made him a great man. The film examines the six primary themes of Hamilton's life -- origins, war, law, finance, politics and death. This is not "the definitive chronology" of Hamilton, but a look at particular traits in his character, how they were shaped into being, and how they played out within the new nation that was being created around him. To tell that story, traditional documentary techniques are combined with Richard Brookhiser's exploration of Hamilton's legacy and life in contemporary America. In the 1780's and 90's, Hamilton pushed for a series of reforms that made the United States a legally and financially adult nation. We live in the still unfolding two-century-long boom that he began. Hamilton's life was colorful and dramatic. Beginning life as an illegitimate immigrant from the West Indies, Hamilton was a self-made man. His life ended in the most famous duel in American history.

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