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Alexander Hamilton’s Participation in the Newburgh Conspiracy Reexamined

The following essay is based on a speech, my first public speech about Alexander Hamilton, given on July 28, 2013, at the New Windsor Cantonment in conjunction with the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. It is reproduced below after some editing and links added to … Continue reading

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Why this year you must REFUSE to celebrate “the 4th of July”

The “4th of July” is not a holiday. Any more than the “5th of July” is. They are dates on the calendar. The holiday we celebrate which falls on the 4th day of every July is America’s “Independence Day.” “Independence…

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Who is really celebrating independence?

Why do we continue to celebrate Independence Day each July Fourth when we no longer cherish independence? Someday soon, our progressive politicians will propose celebrating the first Monday in July as Global Interdependence Day, and no one will protest as…

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Happy 4th of July from Nebraska Energy Obnserver

I was reminded this morning that I, like nearly all old Boilers, remember many a fall day at Ross-Ade stadium when we would hear and join in on a short ceremony that we have done since (I don’t really know) sometimes in the late 60s. It goes like this: I am an American. That’s the […]

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The Magnificent Rabble

Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. Other than recalling a fragment of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s wonderful, if historically inaccurate poem, many Americans, myself included, do not know much […]

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Real Met Council reform, Part II

There’s no question that people are resistant to change. They appreciate the familiar, which is why it’s difficult, if not impossible, to change things that are broken. Sometimes, though, a dramatic shake-up is exactly what’s needed. The colonists knew that in the 1770s. There are lots of angry activists in the 21st Century who wonder […]

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The Legacy of George Washington

There used to be two federal holidays in February (plus St. Valentines day!). They honored the two most iconic of Americans, Presidents Washington, and Lincoln. Some years ago they were combined into the insipid President’s day, so that instead of honoring the best presidents for their own individual achievements, we could lump them in with […]

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A Question of Interpretation

This is interesting. Here we base most of our stories on history, whether it is that of a British regiment, or the church, the American Revolution, or politics, or whatever. We firmly believe that we should make decisions based partly on what happened when similar decisions were made in the past. If there were no […]

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Michael E. Newton interviewed on Gene Pisasale’s “Living History” Program

On December 2, 2015, Gene Pisasale interviewed Michael E. Newton, author of Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years, about Hamilton’s wartime service on his “Living History” radio show. http://wche1520.libsyn.com/living-history-12-2-15

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The Hamilton Musical: Let’s not confuse art with history

In a piece about the Hamilton musical, The New Yorker gave examples of how Republican presidential candidates can learn from it. Of course, the musical is not 100% historically accurate, so it may not be wise to learn from it rather … Continue reading

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It’s Not That Revolution May Be Coming, But That It Has to Come

And the People have to cause it. Here’s how we can make it happen. At the time it happened, Admiral Yamamoto’s brilliant sneak attack on Pearl Harbor was hailed as a masterstroke of military planning and execution. But within hours of the attack, after being informed that his aircraft had not destroyed America’s entire Pacific fleet,Read More

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Identifying the two doctors who treated Hamilton in November 1777

On October 30, 1777, George Washington sent Alexander Hamilton about 230 miles northward to General Horatio Gates in Albany “to point out to him the many happy consequences that will accrue from an immediate reinforcement being sent from the Northern … Continue reading

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Alexander Hamilton succeeds on Kickstarter

‘Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years’ raises over $9,000 on Kickstarter May 11, 2015 – PHOENIX — Historian and independent author Michael E. Newton successfully raised over $9,000 on Kickstarter to fund the publication of ‘Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years,’ which … Continue reading

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Professor Richard Salsman calls Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years a “superb performance.”

The reviews of Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years continue to roll in. The latest one comes from Richard Salsman, visiting assistant professor of political science at Duke University: “In Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years, Michael E. Newton provides a careful, meticulous, and definitive … Continue reading

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Douglas Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton’s fifth great grandson) reviews Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years

“In 1800, the topic of Alexander Hamilton’s birth was the subject of criticism to which Hamilton remarked ‘there is much mistake.’ He implored his friends to help set the record straight. Most biographers in the succeeding 215 years did little … Continue reading

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Debunking History: Alexander Hamilton and the June 1775 raid on the Sandy Hook lighthouse

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Stephen Knott’s review of Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years

I am honored to share with you a review of Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years written by Stephen F. Knott. “Michael E. Newton’s Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years offers the most detailed examination of Hamilton’s early life that I have ever … Continue reading

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Did Alexander Hamilton stay behind at Robinson’s house, receive the packet taken off John André (which revealed Benedict Arnold’s treason), and give it to Washington?

An extract from Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years (a continuation from the previous post): According to nearly all historians, Alexander Hamilton remained at the Robinson house while Washington went over to West Point and it was Hamilton who received the important … Continue reading

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Was Alexander Hamilton sent ahead to notify Benedict Arnold of Washington’s arrival just before Arnold’s treasonous flight?

An extract from Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years: On September 25, 1780, on their return from Hartford, where they had a conference with French commander-in-chief Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur de Rochambeau, “Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, General Knox, and their aids” … Continue reading

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In July 1780, Alexander Hamilton received intelligence from Elias Dayton (not the Culper Ring) that helped save the French fleet and American army in Rhode Island

In July 1780, Alexander Hamilton received intelligence from Elias Dayton that helped save the French fleet and American army in Rhode Island. Previously, this intelligence had been incorrectly attributed to the Culper Ring. Below is a condensed extract from Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years about … Continue reading

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