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The erotic charisma of Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton, CV (2011) The erotic charisma of Alexander Hamilton. Journal of American Studies, 45 (1). 1 - 19. ISSN 0021-8758

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As an outsider with a mysterious childhood, Alexander Hamilton is, as psychologists say, a good "hook" for a projective identification. For his admirers Hamilton is a source of political capital. His ideas and proposals about the debt, protectionism, and an American manufacturing base are in the news in the early twenty-first century. Although the Old Left saw Hamilton as an elitist, possibly a monarchist, and a promoter of industrial capitalism, contemporary American progressives have called attention to his explicit support for habeas corpus, his efforts on behalf of banking, and his surprisingly enlightened attitudes about race and slavery. As one of the founders of a new republic, Hamilton knew he would be in the history books, but his image, representations of his physical presence, and speculation about his private life circulate on the Internet in ways that would surely astonish him. Alexander Hamilton not only has admirers in the fields of politics and history; he also has fans. © 2010 Cambridge University Press.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Hamilton, CV
Date: 1 February 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of American Studies
Volume: 45
Number: 1
Page Range: 1 - 19
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1017/s0021875810000629
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0021-8758
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Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 05 May 2011 15:49
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 00:55


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