“I’m past patiently waitin’, I’m passionately smashin’ every expectation.”

Hamilton lays in on the line, every time.

Alexander Hamilton portrait by John Trumbull, 1806

Due at least in part to the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, readers of all ages view Alexander Hamilton as a compelling historical figure. His personal history is indeed a fascinating account of a young orphan from a Caribbean island who through his talent and ambition rose to become a Founding Father of the new American republic. Hamilton played a significant role in the American Revolution, the framing of the Constitution, and our first president’s administration, in which George Washington appointed Hamilton to be the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.

Readers young and old can learn more about Hamilton’s life and work with books from Dover Publications that bring his legacy to life (plus we included some pertinent quotes from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton).

Alexander Hamilton Activity Book

Alexander Hamilton Activity Book, by George Toufexis. This educational activity book highlights inspiring achievements of Hamilton. The book contains a timeline of his life and career with challenging activities that include word searches, mazes, spot-the-differences, secret codes, crosswords, and other puzzles. Solutions are provided.

Alexander Hamilton Coloring Book

Alexander Hamilton Coloring Book, by Steven James Petruccio. Kids can color as they learn about Alexander’s career as a Founding Father of the United States. Realistic images present Hamilton as both solider and statesman, including his duel with Aaron Burr, a political rival whose bullet ended Hamilton’s life.

Alexander Hamilton Paper Dolls

Alexander Hamilton Paper Dolls, by Tim Foley. The book includes three paper dolls of Hamilton at different stages of his life, as well as dolls of his colleagues and contemporaries, such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, King George III, John Adams, Aaron Burr, and Hamilton’s wife Elizabeth, to mention a few figures.

Dover has other titles that offer more intensive reading about Alexander Hamilton’s life and work:

Economic Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy: How Hamilton’s Merchant Class Lost Out to the Agrarian South, by Charles A. Beard, Prof. Clyde W. Barrow.

The sequel to Prof. Beard’s bestselling An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution, this volume examines the nation’s political history from the adoption of the Constitution in 1788 to the end of Thomas Jefferson’s administration in 1809. This period saw the triumph of Jefferson’s agrarian, slave-holding South over the mercantile urbanism of Hamilton’s North, a schism which has continued to influence the political landscape into the 21st century.

“Your debts are paid cuz you don’t pay for labor, We plant seeds in the South. We create. Yeah, keep ranting. We know who’s really doing the planting.”

Selected Federalist Papers, by John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and Bob Blaisdell.

To persuade New York state voters to ratify the new constitution, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison wrote 85 essays that appeared in New York City newspapers in 1787–1788. Today, the essays are considered a cornerstone of American Democracy.

This volume contains 35 essays that discuss such topics as dangers from foreign arms and influence, the need to raise federal revenues through taxation, the three-fifths rule for counting slaves, the electoral college, and much else. These historic essays will fascinate any reader who has an interest in the Constitution and the federal system of government.

“And when my prayers to God were met with indifference, I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance.”

The United States Constitution: The Full Text with Supplementary Materials, by Bob Blaisdell.

As the basis of our law and government, the Constitution is our most important political and social document. This book not only contains the Constitution’s text and amendments, buy also pertinent background information.

“Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.”