American History

Hamilton’s History, Out of Hiding

into the front ranks of the Founding Fathers, has been revealed to have been a lifelong slave owner and slave trader. Jessie Serfilippi, historic interpreter at Hamilton’s former estate—now Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site in Albany, New York—combed sales records from 1782 to 1801 and other receipts and letters among Hamilton’s papers. What the self-taught historian and fan of the musical discovered challenges portrayals of Hamilton by high-profile biographers who have depicted

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