Was Alexander Hamilton really an “enslaver”? Version 3.0.

Much of the information in this blog (and in all previous Hamilton bios) has been updated, expanded, or even corrected in Michael E. Newton's new book Discovering Hamilton. Please check that book before using or repeating any information you read here on this blog (or that you read in previous Hamilton biographies).

© Posted on December 21, 2020, by Michael E. Newton.

Version 3.0 of our essay “Opening a Door to Their Emancipation”: Alexander Hamilton and Slavery is now available. Some noteworthy additions and improvements include:

  • John B. Church’s purchase of an enslaved woman in 1783 has been greatly improved.
  • New section on Alexander Hamilton as president of the New York Manumission Society.
  • New research regarding the 1790 U.S. Census and Alexander Hamilton.
  • New section about the “the black man of” Alexander Hamilton, who died in the yellow-fever epidemic of 1798.

Click to access Opening-a-Door-to-Their-Emancipation-Alexander-Hamilton-and-Slavery-3.0.pdf

The original essay (version 1.0) is still available here.

Version 2.0 is available here.