We just can’t get enough of our favorite bastard, orphan, son of a w*ore, and a Scotsman! Here’s another portion of facts on Hamilton!
The Reynolds pamphlet
Five or six years after the affair ended, Hamilton found himself cornered and decided to make a lengthy confession in the Reynolds pamphlet. Investigators would argue that Hamilton’s criticism of John Adams was the main reason for his downfall, but that certainly didn’t help his reputation. In what was arguably America’s first political sex scandal, he was linked to Elizabeth’s belief that she would forgive her husband for her infidelity.
This could have been the high point for Hamilton, but there is no evidence that Angelica Schuyler harbored any romantic feelings for him or any other family member. In the musical, she says she would have married Hamilton if her father had had a son. But from what Hamilton and Angelica had exchanged, it is clear they shared a close, if not romantic, relationship.
Angelica in particular had already become friends with John Barker Church in 1777, and Elizabeth met Hamilton before tying the knot with her three years later. Although Angelica married into the rich, she actually had two adult brothers, so her social status must have made her fall in love with him.
Did he own slaves?
Hamilton’s mother had two slaves when her mother died, but he did not inherit them because he was born out of wedlock. According to research, Hamilton was the only founding father who had no slaves, and he did not inherit any until after his death. Miranda has admitted this inaccuracy, so we must admit her version is more dramatic.
Hamilton was against slavery, but he was at the center of a racist system at times. As a lawyer, he helped to exchange slaves for clients, and the Society of Hamilton eventually helped to end the international slave trade. Although he had no legal claim, we know that Hamilton was a supporter of abolition.
Rivalry with Jefferson…
Hamilton also fails to mention that he was born in the West Indies, emigrated to the US. When Jefferson removed Burr for re-election in 1804, he ran for governor of New York and lost to Morgan Lewis. The musical also takes a creative license by playing in a different time and place from the real-life story of the United States of America.
…and with Aaron Burr
Hamilton challenges Burr’s ability to govern again, challenging him to a historic duel, the first and only real duel in New York City in 1804.
Hamilton deliberately overlooks Burr and fires back at his belly, not knowing he has sworn not to shoot himself. Burr fires into Hamilton’s abdomen and ends his life. In case you missed the background information, Hamilton is thought to have thrown away the gun after the shooting and bounced off a branch that was lying above his head.
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