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Note: these answers have been transcribed from a podcast interview with Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow and edited for clarity and length. You can listen to the full interview here:. A: At the time that I published my biography of Hamilton inElizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was a complete blank in the American imagination.
But they knew nothing, and I mean literally nothing, about Eliza Hamilton. One of the things that most pleased me about both the book and the show is that we really put her on the map. I discovered that she lived for 50 years after her husband died.
She brought up hundreds of orphans and turned out to be this remarkably wonderful selfless, strong-willed woman. So, she was willing to forgive his excesses. But is the musical a realistic portrayal of Alexander Hamilton? Tom Cutterham argues that the real Alexander Hamilton was an elitist anti-democrat, who used violence to crush dissent….
Read about the darker side of Alexander Hamilton. In reality when they met, Angelica was already married, so almost by default Hamilton was going to end up with Eliza. But everyone noticed that there was an unusual mutual fascination between Alexander and Angelica. Eliza was not jealous; in fact, she was very proud of this. She and Hamilton would write letters together to Angelica. Eliza did have some strong political feelings, but Angelica was someone who loved the company of powerful men and loved to discuss politics and books; she was much more emancipated in that way.
Angelica was more intellectual and, from the pictures, probably more alluring than Eliza was. I do think that Hamilton adored his wife. But as Angelica sings in the musical, she knew right away that Hamilton was the kind of guy with a roving eye who would never be satisfied, and boy, she was right about that.
Hamilton was not only the most powerful person in the government, he was also the most controversial, which meant that there were a lot of political enemies who were waiting to pounce on him if he did something wrong. He was home alone when there was a knock on the door, where there was a very beautiful young woman named Maria Reynolds.
She spelled out a lovelorn tale about how she had been abandoned by her husband, James Reynolds, and asked Hamilton for financial help.
Amazingly enough, Hamilton asked where she was living, and she told him a boarding house two or three blocks away. That night he slipped out and went to the boarding house. Then they went into the bedroom and this affair started. The affair went on for a year. But maybe a month after it started, who appeared but Mr James Reynolds, who confronted Hamilton.
Again, he was the most powerful man in the government; he had all these enemies who were looking for something to pounce on; and he was paying money to this lowlife. He was very lucky; there was a moment where three of his Jeffersonian opponents had heard that he was paying money to Mr James Reynolds.
In reality, it was a different three men who confronted him. That was considered a good enough explanation. about the Jefferson-Hamilton feud.That Hamilton Woman 1941 - Vivien Leigh (FULL MOVIE) subtitulos en español
It was not until about five or six years later that a pamphlet was published by a man named James T Callender, who was close to the Jeffersonians. He repeated the error that Hamilton was paying James Reynolds because of illicit treasury speculation.'The Schuyler Sisters' from HAMILTON The Musical - Hamilfilm
Hamilton then made this bizarre decision that he was going to not only refute this, but refute it at excruciating length. Why did he do that? Hamilton felt that in order to clear his public name, he had to sully his private name.
Of course, there was nothing that could have been more humiliating for his wife or his family. It was almost like a short novel. And so, I think as much as the scandal itself, his response to it — this kind of excessive verbiage that he devoted to it — really called his judgement into question. Why on earth would he have done this?
Like a lot of brilliant people, Hamilton had some real blind spots because he thought he was writing a Married hamilton women pamphlet that would clear him forever. But when it came out it had exactly the opposite effect that he had intended, and pretty much guaranteed that Hamilton would never be president. Listen to the full interview here.
Hamilton by Ron Chernow is published by Head of Zeus and is out now. You can listen to the full interview here: Advertisement. Eliza was an extremely humble, self-effacing and devout woman. Tom Cutterham argues that the real Alexander Hamilton was an elitist anti-democrat, who used violence to crush dissent… Read about the darker side of Alexander Hamilton. Everyone noticed that Hamilton was no less fascinated by his sister-in-law Angelica, than by Eliza.
A portrait of Angelica Barker Church with her son and a servant. Image by Alamy. Hamilton published a pamphlet in which he detailed his affair with Maria Reynolds. Image: Wikimedia Commons. Elinor Evans Social networks.
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