Alexander Hamilton’s Jewish Caribbean Roots

Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull 1806

Many thanks to Peter Jordens for sharing links regarding Alexander Hamilton as a Jewish founding father. Most of the articles listed below refer to Andrew Porwancher’s forthcoming book, The Jewish Founding Father: Alexander Hamilton’s Hidden Life (Harvard University Press, 2019). Alexander Hamilton was born in Nevis, and grew up in St. Croix (then a territory of Denmark and, now, of the U.S. Virgin Islands).

The premise is hardly surprising as Jewish families and their role in Caribbean development were prominent from the 16th through the 19th century. Alice Hoffman explored Camille Pissarro’s Jewish roots in The Marriage of Opposites (2015) a fictionalized account of his mother, Rachel Pomié, and grandfather, Moses Monsanto Pomié, and their family history on neighboring Danish colony St. Thomas. [See previous post Review of Alice Hoffman’s “The Marriage of Opposites/.]

As we eagerly await Porwancher’s new book, here are all the related links:

Dr. Andrew Porwancher
Associate Professor of Constitutional History, University of Oklahoma
http://www.ou.edu/cas/classicsandletters/people/porwancher
Forthcoming book: The Jewish Founding Father: Alexander Hamilton’s Hidden Life
Harvard University Press, 2019

Could Alexander Hamilton be a member of the tribe?
Ellen Futterman, St. Louis Jewish Light, April 4, 2018
http://www.stljewishlight.com/news/news_schmooze/article_5e4de346-3812-11e8-8ced-27b18fe630c9.html

Alexander Hamilton – A Jewish Founding Father
Yehudis Litvak, Jewish Home L.A., February 22, 2018
https://jewishhomela.com/2018/02/22/alexander-hamilton-a-jewish-founding-father

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?
Mark Miller, Jewish Journal, February 15, 2018
http://jewishjournal.com/news/los_angeles/230907/alexander-hamilton-jewish

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish? An interview with Prof. Andrew Porwancher
Dr. Yvette Alt Miller, Aish, December 10, 2017
http://www.aish.com/ci/s/Was-Alexander-Hamilton-Jewish.html

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish? An interview with Dr. Andrew Porwancher by Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik [1 hr 8 min video]
Yeshiva University, November 29, 2017

http://jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/was-alexander-hamilton-jewish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSqgRCCCu4o

A Jewish Founding Father?
Yeshiva University News, November 28, 2016
https://blogs.yu.edu/news/a-jewish-founding-father

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish? A Cambridge-Educated Historian Is Making the Case
Morton Landowne, Tablet magazine, November 22, 2017
http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/218475/was-alexander-hamilton-jewish-a-cambridge-educated-historian-is-making-the-case

As ‘Hamilton’ debuts in L.A., historian asks: Was he Jewish?
Gerri Miller, Jewish Journal, August 23, 2017
http://jewishjournal.com/culture/theater/223491/hamilton-debuts-l-historian-asks-jewish

The Jewish Founding Father: Alexander Hamilton’s Hidden Life
Estie Berkowitz, The Current, Spring 2017
http://www.columbia-current.org/the-jewish-founding-father.html

[Image above: Alexander Hamilton, painted by John Trumbull, c. 1806. See https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/alexander-hamiltons-adultery-and-apology-18021947/.]

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