Counting Down to Hamilton: Week 2

We’re almost there—only two more weeks until the first student matinee of Hamilton

This week, watch Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamiltonthe biography that inspired the musicaldiscuss the Founding Fathers achievements and legacy. Chernow attempts to answer a question that many who know of Hamiltons brilliance and ambition have asked"Why did Alexander Hamilton never become president?"and argues that Hamilton was one of the most influential Americans who never attained the presidency.

Want more Hamilton? Explore the Gilder Lehrman Institutes videos, essays, featured primary sources, and teaching resources related to Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Era.