Understanding Alexander Hamilton

McDonald, Forrest
July 1980
National Review;7/11/1980, Vol. 32 Issue 14, p827
This article explores the career of Alexander Hamilton as a revolutionary conservative in the U.S. and examines his ideas for remaking U.S. society. Hamilton labored to eradicate a market economy rooted in feudalism and preserve the ideal of morality that was based on natural law. He also attempted to protect this ideal from the onslaughts of the Enlightment and the French Revolution. In 1792, Hamilton's work as a revolutionary was substantially completed but his work as a conservative was just beginning.


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