Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton, hosted and written by author and journalist Richard Brookhiser, focuses on Hamilton’s character. The program looks at particular traits — how they were shaped and how they played out within the new nation that was being created around him. Combining traditional documentary techniques with Brookhiser’s exploration of Hamilton’s legacy and life, the film takes the viewer to the Caribbean Islands where Hamilton was born, to Yorktown and Wall Street where he fought and worked, and to Harlem and Weehawken, New Jersey, where he lived and died. A Secretary of the Treasury, Supreme Court justice, publishers, pornographers, lawyers, warriors, Calypso singers and urban gang members speak about money, rights, news, war, sex and honor — all the themes that shaped Hamilton’s life, resulting in modern capitalist America.
Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton was originally broadcast on 4/11/2011 on PBS.