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A Junior Library Guild selection

“Thoroughly researched and cited, this book is accessibly written and full of valuable information…Hamilton’s intelligence, ceaseless drive, and penchant for speaking his mind come across, giving readers a clear view of Hamilton’s character and his role in creating America.”Booklist.

” . . sparkling. . . a treasure of excellent information.” Huffington Post.

“A solid introduction to a charismatic founding father.” Kirkus Review.

“An informative yet accessible biography of the famed Founding Father. . . students will crave this title.” School Library Journal.

“[A] lucid biography that illuminates the personality and politics of Alexander Hamilton, spotlighting his role in shaping the structure of the U.S. government and economy.” Publisher’s Weekly.

This wonderful companion to American history studies also features related subjects and concepts discussed in the book.” Broadway World.

From the Book Bloggers

“A well-researched and moving biography . . . an exceptional story about the birth of the American nation. It includes fascinating and important details about the workings of the economy that are rarely encountered in history books for young people . . . readers will join me in enjoying the fact that everything great that Alexander Hamilton succeeded in doing was built on a letter that he crafted and published at age sixteen. I appreciate how well Kanefield succeeds in drawing Hamilton as a damaged, very human man who, despite his flaws, positively influenced the lives of all of us who arrived in America long after he was gone.” Richie Partington.

“Teri Kanefield has once again done an exceptional job of bringing history to life.” The Musings of a Book Addict.

The Making of America Alexander Hamilton is a book I encourage you to read. I found so much between the covers regarding freedom of speech, government, democracy, capitalism, even dueling. Mostly I discovered a man who had the courage to dream, to stand for what he believed and create one of the greatest countries in the world, America.” Mommy’s Memorandum.

“Kids obsessed with Hamilton? New book for young readers goes in-depth on the founding father.” Browadway World.


The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely agricultural and built on slave labor. He envisioned something else: a multi-racial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central government. He believed that such an America would be a land of opportunity for the poor and the newcomers. But Hamilton’s vision put him at odds with his archrivals who envisioned a pastoral America of small towns, where governments were local, states would control their own destiny, and the federal government would remain small and weak.

The disputes that arose during America’s first decades continued through American history to our present day. Over time, because of the systems Hamilton set up and the ideas he left, his vision won out. Here is the story that epitomizes the American dream—a poor immigrant who made good in America. In the end, Hamilton rose from poverty through his intelligence and ability, and did more to shape our country than any of his contemporaries.