Aired Monday June 13th, 2011 at 8:00 pm on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
Alexander Hamilton was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father and one of America's first constitutional lawyers. He was also an economist, a philosopher, and a soldier. But who is he really? And what made him a great man? Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton, premiering Monday, June 13 at 8:00 p.m. on KUED Channel 7, uncovers Hamilton in six chronological segments, taking an unprecedented look at the man on the ten dollar bill.
Hosted and written by author and journalist Richard Brookhiser, Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton combines traditional documentary techniques with Brookhiser's exploration of Hamilton's legacy and life in contemporary America. Interviewed are Larry Flynt, Rupert Murdoch, People's Court Judge Marilyn Milian, Congressmen Charles Rangel, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia and others.
The film takes viewers to the Caribbean Islands where Hamilton was born, to Yorktown and Wall Street where he fought and worked, to Harlem and Weehaken, New Jersey, where he lived and died. A current day Treasury Secretary, Supreme Court Justice, publishers, pornographers, lawyers, warriors, Calypso singers and urban gang members speak about money, rights, news, war, sex and honor - all the themes that shaped Hamilton's life, which led him to his early death.
Hamilton was an illegitimate orphan, an immigrant and a brilliant Ivy Leaguer who dropped out to spend six years in the Army. He made powerful friends while making powerful enemies. He was passionate and passionately forthright, confessing to the nation's first sex scandal. He provoked the Vice President of the United States to challenge him to a duel. Hamilton was a pioneer of judicial review. As a lifelong journalist-he reported on a hurricane in the Virgin Islands at age fifteen, wrote the op-eds that became the Federalist Papers and founded the New York Post.
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