Probably no American statesman displayed more constructive imagination than did Alexander Hamilton. Prodigal of ideas, bursting with plans for diversifying the economy, and obsessed by a determination to make the United States a powerful nation under a centralized government, he left an imprint upon this country that time has not effaced. Alexander Hamilton and the Growth of the New Nation is the premier biography of Alexander Hamilton written by one of the foremost scholars of early American history.

Hamilton's career was at times contradictory: born, in John Adams's words, the "bastard brat of a Scotch peddler," he rose to high social, political, and military position in the newly born country. He dreaded divisiveness, yet his strategies and actions aggravated political sectionalism. Miller weaves together the complex facets of Hamilton's life to make a vivid, absorbing biography.

part Part I|80 pages

The Union Against Great Britain

part Part II|136 pages

The Union Against Chaos

chapter 5|17 pages

Congress and the Army

chapter 6|11 pages

Law and the Loyalists

chapter 7|9 pages

“A Rage for Liberty”

chapter 8|11 pages

Democracy and Banking

chapter 9|20 pages

“More Power to Congress”

chapter 12|9 pages

The Federalist

chapter 13|13 pages

The Rule of Law

chapter 14|11 pages

A More Perfect Union

part Part III|144 pages

The Union Consummated

part Part IV|170 pages

The Union Against Foreign Aggression

chapter 24|16 pages

The Proclamation of Neutrality

chapter 25|17 pages

The War Clouds Gather

chapter 26|19 pages

The Whisky Rebellion

chapter 27|20 pages

Jay's Treaty

chapter 28|16 pages

The Election of 1796

chapter 29|15 pages

The Mission to France

chapter 32|16 pages

The Effort to Avert Peace

chapter 33|22 pages

The Election of 1800

part Part V|46 pages

The Union Above All

chapter 34|11 pages

A Prophet of Woe

chapter 36|20 pages

The Duel with Burr