Hamilton was a bastard son, raised on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. He went to America to pursue his education. Along the way he became one of the American Revolution’s most dashing—and unlikely—heroes. Adored by Washington, hated by Jefferson, Hamilton was a lightning rod: the most controversial leader of the American Revolution.
She was the well-to-do daughter of one of New York’s most exalted families—feisty, adventurous, and loyal to a fault. When she met Alexander, she fell head over heels. She pursued him despite his illegitimacy, and loved him despite his infidelity. In 1816 (two centuries ago), she shamed Congress into supporting his seven orphaned children. Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton started New York’s first orphanage. The only “founding mother” to truly embrace public service, she raised 160 children in addition to her own.
It seems as though thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the entire world now knows who Alexander Hamilton is. Even those who haven’t seen the show and have only been absorbing Hamilton through the great pop culture river that runs through life, have an idea of who and what he was about. This is another writer trying to explain the times and the lives of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton. I really enjoyed the fact that there was more focus of Elizabeth Schuyler before Hamilton arrived on the scene included in this book as I find that even with a feminist writer like Miranda, the women can end up as plot devices and advancers of the storyline rather than their own beings. I am not disparaging “Hamilton” by no means, it’s a musical about him. This story, ”The Hamilton Affair,” was more about the Hamiltons, their lives and loves.
As much as I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to other historical fiction readers interested in the Revolutionary War, there is so much more I want to know. I want to know more about the Schuylers, about the sisters and their lives. This story gave me a taste for their lives and I almost wish the writer had chosen to stick with them. I cannot begrudge author Elizabeth Cobbs for focusing on the relationships of Alexander Hamilton, they were more noted and written about historically. Now I have to go find more to sate my need for Revolutionary War historical fiction, a genre I wasn’t sure I would ever enjoy; but thanks to Elizabeth Cobbs I am itching for more.
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