Kids Obsessed with HAMILTON? New Book for Young Readers Goes In-Depth on the Founding Father

Kids Obsessed with HAMILTON? New Book for Young Readers Goes In-Depth on the Founding Father

Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda's blockbuster Broadway musical, Hamilton-mania has taken the nation by storm. And now kids can read the story of one of America's most influential founders.

This is the story that epitomizes the American dream - a poor immigrant who made good in America. In ALEXANDER HAMILTON: THE MAKING OF AMERICA (Amulet; March 7, 2017; $16.95; Ages 10-14), written by bestselling author Teri Kanfield, kids will learn how Hamilton rose from poverty through his intelligence and ability, and did more to shape our country than any of his contemporaries.

The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely agricultural and built on slave labor. He envisioned something else: a multi-racial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central government. He believed that such an America would be a land of opportunity for the poor and the newcomers. But Hamilton's vision put him at odds with his archrivals who envisioned a pastoral America of small towns, where governments were local, states would control their own destiny, and the federal government would remain small and weak.

The disputes that arose during America's first decades continued through American history to our present day. Hamilton died in a duel, defending his ideas and his honor. Because of the systems Hamilton set up and the ideas he left, his vision won out. This wonderful companion to American history studies also features related subjects and concepts discussed in the book: law and legal concepts such as due process, and freedom of speech; government process, such as democracy and the electoral college; financial concepts such as credit and capitalism; and general concepts such as dueling and pastoralism.

Teri Kanefield is a lawyer and writer. Her books for children have won numerous awards and distinctions, including the Jane Addams Peace Award in the Older Readers category. She lives with her family in San Francisco, California.

March 7, 2017
ISBN: 1-4197-2578-5 Hardcover
$16.95 US
Ages 10-14
208 Pages
Also available as Ebook

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