Alexander Hamilton–Influential Founder

George Brunemann To Join from 7:05-7:25 PM

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

This class will examine the impact of Alexander Hamilton on the founding of the United States. Both Alexander Hamilton and George Washington were shaped by their experiences during the American Revolution. Serving at Washington’s side during that war, Hamilton was appalled by the inefficiency of the government under the Articles of Confederation and by the reluctance of the states to contribute to the war effort.  On September 11, 1789, the nomination of Alexander Hamilton as the nation’s first Treasury Secretary was submitted by President Washington.

Later that day, Hamilton became the first cabinet nominee confirmed by the United States Senate. President Washington and Secretary Hamilton were determined not only to strengthen the new American government but to create a sense of American identity. They were devoted to persuading their fellow citizens to think of themselves as Americans, not as Virginians or New Yorkers. It was truly remarkable that they succeeded in this endeavor, creating a Republic that has survived for over 230 years.

 

George Brunemann, is a local activist and will join us from 7:05-7:25 pm to talk about the next steps that Citizens need to take to preserve our Great Country.   George was the leader of one of the largest groups, The Southwest Ohio Tea Party, for several years in Hamilton County.

Speaker Bio

Stephen F. Knott is the Thomas & Mabel Guy Professor of American History and Government at Ashland University and Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College.

He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia’s Presidential Oral History Program and directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. He is the author of Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth; Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency; The Reagan Years; At Reagan’s Side: Insiders’ Recollections from Sacramento to the White House, and Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics. His most recent book, Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America, was co-authored with Tony Williams, and was published in September, 2015.

Professor Knott received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College, and has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia.