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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children October 2016

COBBLESTONE is the award-winning and respected leader in the study of American history for young people. COBBLESTONE tells America’s story through a unique mix of captivating articles, lively graphics, historical photographs, primary sources, and maps. Each themed-issue examines historical events in detail making them exciting and relevant to today. A must-have for every history classroom and media center. Grades 5-9.

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editor’s note

He was not born or raised in the 13 Colonies, but he made their cause his own as they struggled to become independent from Great Britain. He took up arms to fight as an officer in the Revolutionary War. Then he took up his pen to fight with words and ideas. Many of his concepts about a strong national government and sound finances continue to have an impact today. Some of his ideas put him in conflict with others, but his confidence in himself and his ability to think and write clearly made his opinions matter. His hard work, intelligence, and passion earned him a place in history as one of the most pivotal Founding Fathers. Allow us to introduce Alexander Hamilton! Editor…

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young ambition

“I contemn the grov’ling and condition of a clerk,” wrote Alexander Hamilton to his best friend, Edward Stevens. Ned, as Alex called him, was lucky. Ned was in New York studying medicine at King’s College (present-day Columbia University), while Alex was stuck working at an import-export trading company on the Danish island of St. Croix. Ned had a home and family on St. Croix and a father who could afford to send his ambitious son to university in America. Alex was poor and orphaned, but he was determined to rise above his misfortunes. Born on the British West Indies island of Nevis, Alex had moved with his family to St. Croix when he was 10 and his brother, James, was 12. His father, James Hamilton Sr., the younger son of a…

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military glory

By the time Alexander Hamilton enrolled as a student at King’s College (present-day Columbia University) in the fall of 1773, a revolutionary movement was sweeping through the Colonies. Hamilton joined a local militia company. He soon became as absorbed in muskets and drill manuals as he was in his schoolwork. In March 1776, his military studies paid off. He was appointed captain of the newly established New York Provincial Artillery Company. Within weeks, his odd collection of recruits were marching and drilling with precision. In April 1776, General George Washington and his Continental Army arrived in New York City. Both the British and the Americans recognized the importance of controlling the city’s port and harbor. Hamilton and his men joined the Continental Army in its efforts to defend the city. In July,…

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family man

As General George Washington’s aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton became part of a military family. He got to know top army officers, political leaders, and the social elite of the American Colonies. Although he longed to see military action, he enjoyed both the status and the social whirl that came with his position at army headquarters. Evenings brought dinners, balls, and friendships with the daughters of his superiors. In April 1779, however, Alexander began thinking of marriage. Writing to his friend and fellow aide-de-camp John Laurens, he playfully asked Laurens to find him a wife. She must be “sensible” and “well bred,” as well as young, handsome, faithful, generous, and moderately religious, but no saint. Most important, she should have a fortune—“the larger stock of that the better.” His tone was sportive but…

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stepping into politics a three-act play

This play give voice to the ideas and concepts conceived of by Alexander Hamilton as he got involved in the exciting politics of his era. CAST OF CHARACTERS ACT I Philadelphia 1782 In July 1781, Alexander Hamilton wrote the first of a handful of essays called The Continentalist. He had begun to consider what would happen after the Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was over. The essays described his ideas on “the practical business of government”: the need for a strong federal government and how to establish a sound national financial structure. When the fighting ended in October 1781, Hamilton returned to New York and private life. He studied for and passed the bar exam in order to become a lawyer. Before opening an office, however, he was elected to the Congress of the Confederation as a…

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Two and a half years passed before all 13 states ratified the Constitution. Between early December 1787 and early January 1788, several small states, including Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut, approved it. Those states needed the protection of a large union to survive. Pennsylvania Federalists had called a convention before their opponents could organize and was the second state to ratify the document in December 1787. Massachusetts ratified it in February 1788 but added a list of suggested amendments. Later that spring, Maryland and South Carolina followed suit. June 1788 saw the opening of crucial conventions. Only one more state was needed to approve the Constitution, but the new Union would have little meaning without the presence and support of both Virginia and New York. New Hampshire became the ninth…