Monday, July 05, 2004

USVI: Prominent "Conservative" Writer to Talk About Alexander Hamilton

From the St. Croix Source:

July 4, 2004 – One of the most prominent voices in American conservatism will be on St. Croix Thursday.

Richard Brookhiser will be signing his book "Alexander Hamilton; American" at 5 p.m. at Undercover Books in Gallows Bay, St. Croix.

The book signing kicks off a series of events spearheaded by the office of the lieutenant governor to highlight the boyhood years of Hamilton on St. Croix.

Brookhiser will be joined by Dr. Joanna Freeman author of "Affairs of Honor" and "Hamilton: Writings"; Dr. Stephen Knott, author of "Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth"; and Vincent Hubbard, author of "Swords, Ships, and Sugar: A History of Nevis."

Hamilton was born on Nevis in 1755. His father, who was not married to his mother, abandoned Alexander's mother and Alexander on St. Croix on 1765. Although his family was mired in poverty and his mother died three years after arriving on the island, Alexander managed, with hard work and help from sponsors, to head to the mainland in 1773 to study medicine.

The visiting authors will present scholarly papers at a conference, "Hamilton: The Formative Years," taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Government House in Christiansted. The conference is open to the public.

Brookhiser has written several books about early Americans. They include "Founding Fathers, Rediscovering George Washington"; "Gentleman Revolutionary, Gouvernor Morris, The Rake Who Wrote the Constitution"; and "America's First Dynasty, The Adamses."

The event sponsored by EDC beneficiary Shoreline Management Group LLC (thank you dear capitalists) is a great opportunity to find out more about our local historic contribution to the founding of the United States of America.

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