Essay on Hamilton's Curse Book Review

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Book Review: Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution- and what it means for America Today What kind of country is the United States of America? Is it really the land of the free or are the Americans controlled by an imperial presidency? Is America peaceful and prosperous? Is it possible to identify the source of America’s economic problems? Some people have a clear picture of how things really are; while others are never able to see the entire scope of the view. There may be conflicting answers to these questions; therefore, it is recommended to approach a historian for more accurate information. In the book, Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution- and What …show more content…
The book also includes Jefferson’s ideas stating that “either the people are sovereign over their government or they are not.” DiLorenzo presents the following summary in his introduction: “This battle of ideas–and it was indeed a battle–formed the template for the debate over the role of government in America that shapes our history to this day. The most important idea of all, in the minds of Hamilton and Jefferson, was what kind of government America would live under.”(pp.1-2) In the first chapter, “The Real Hamilton,” Thomas J. DiLorenzo, a professor of Economics at Loyola College in Maryland, provides criticism of other writers and biographers and expresses his disagreement with the view of Hamilton’s approach as capitalism. According to the author, Hamiltonianism amounted to a “betrayal of the principles for which Americans fought in the Revolution.”(p.4) DiLorenzo continues to explain Hamilton’s betrayal in the second chapter, “The Rosseau of the Right,” with a research into the correspondence and writings of Jefferson and Hamilton that uncovered the efforts of Hamilton to create a centralized national government. Quotes like “the public interest,” “the welfare of the community”, and “the general interest,” exposed Hamilton’s attempts to centralize authority. In the next chapter, “Public Blessing or National Curse,” the author addresses the current crisis

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