by John Demos

American colonial history belongs to what scholars call the early modern period. As such, it is part of a bridge between markedly different eras in the history of the western world. On its far side lies the long stretch we call the Middle Ages (or the “medieval period”), on its near one the rise of much we connect with modernity. It holds the root of modern science (epitomized by Sir Isaac Newton), of modern political thought (Thomas Hobbes, John Locke), of modern capitalism (the first large joint-stock corporations, including some which financed transatlantic “discovery”), of modern state formation (“nations,” roughly as we understand the term today), of urbanization (most especially, London and Paris, but also colonial cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and Boston), and even of what scholars now refer to as “proto-industrialization” (the earliest factory-style modes of production). Yet for the great mass of European—and American—humanity, the flavor of life at ground level remained highly traditional, including an almost exclusive reliance on subsistence agriculture; immersion in small-scale, face-to-face patterns of social life; and a code of behavior shaped by age-old religious beliefs and folk nostrums.More »

Hagans, Lucian A. (fl. 1861-1863) to George W. Koonce

GLC #: GLC08606.01 Date: 8 October 1863 Object Type: Autograph letter signed
to William Knox

Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to William Knox

GLC #: GLC02437.00451 Date: 23 September 1776 Object Type: Autograph letter signed
[General order to be read aloud by the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Miami]

Smith, Melancton (1810-1893) [General order to be read aloud by the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Miami]

GLC #: GLC02254.20 Date: 8 June 1864 Object Type: Manuscript document signed
[Collection of two Bromfield family books] Decimalized

[Collection of two Bromfield family books] Decimalized

GLC #: GLC01450.030 Date: 1770-1802 Object Type: Autograph manuscript signed

Alexander Hamilton and the Creation of the United States

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Alexander Hamilton has been enjoying a renaissance. Indeed, Americans in the twenty-first century may admire Hamilton more than any generation since the founders themselves.

Inline body image(s): 
Elizabeth Hamilton by Henry Inman, 1825 (New-York Historical Society)
Report of Hamilton’s funeral in the July 17, 1804 edition of the New-York Evenin
Coroner's Report, 1804 (New-York Historical Society)
Angelica Schuyler Church to Philip Schuyler, July 11, 1804 (Gilder Lehrman Colle
Hamilton’s draft of his farewell letter to his wife, July 4, 1804 (Library of Co
Letter to Harrison Gray Otis, December 23, 1800 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)
Hamilton on John Adams, 1800 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)
Hamilton and the Maria Reynolds Affair, 1797 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)
U.S. Currency (Coins from New-York Historical Society; Paper currency from the M
Treasury Department Circular, August 4, 1791 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)
U.S. Constitution [September 17, 1787] (Gilder Lehrman Collection)
Notes of a Speech by Alexander Hamilton at the Constitutional Convention, June 1
Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull (New-York Historical Society)
African Free School Records, Vol. IV, 1816-1826 (New-York Historical Society)
New-York Manumission Society Minutes, February 4, 1785 (New-York Historical Soci
The American Rattle Snake, 1782 (New-York Historical Society)
U.S. Constitution [Draft, August 1787]  (Gilder Lehrman Collection)
'Patriae Pater' portrait of George Washington by Rembrandt Peale, c. 1852 (Gilde
Letter from Hamilton to François, the Marquis de Barbé-Marbois, 1780 (Gilder Leh
Letter from Hamilton to Elizabeth Schuyler, 1780 (Gilder Lehrman Collection)
Portrait of Hamilton in Uniform by an unidentified artist, based on a portrait b
Status Report on the Soldiers in Hamilton's New York Artillery Company, 1776 (Gi
Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, South Carolina printing,  c. August 1
Letter from Hamilton to Edward Stevens, 1769 (Library of Congress, Prints and Ph
Photograph of a miniature portrait of Hamilton by an unknown artist  Dated Janua
This exhibition was created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
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