Dr. Alexander Hamilton and provincial America : expanding the orbit of Scottish culture /
Elaine G. Breslaw.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2008.
xiv, 348 p. : ill. ;
9780807132784 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2008.
9780807132784 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This biography examines the life of Dr. Alexander Hamilton, a highly educated Scottish physician who immigrated to Maryland in 1738. From an elite European family, Hamilton was immediately confronted with the relatively primitive social milieu of the New World. He faced unfamiliar and challenging social institutions: the labor system that relied on black slaves, extraordinarily fluid social statuses, distasteful business methods, unpleasant conversational quirks, as well as variant habits of dress, food, and drink that required accommodation and, when possible, acceptance. Paradoxically, the more acclimated he became to Maryland ways, the greater the motive to change that society and make it more satisfying for himself both emotionally and intellectually. Breslaw perceptively describes the ways in which Hamilton tried to transform the society around him, attempting to recreate the world he had left behind and thereby justify his continued residence in such an unsophisticated place.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Prologue: "A Desolate Corner of the World"p. 1
The Scottish Scene
"Those of Better Rank"p. 9
"Fashionable Study"p. 19
The Acquisition of Mannersp. 32
"Mutual Instruction"p. 47
Adapting to a New World
"An Emigration Mentality"p. 63
"Seasoning in the Country"p. 74
"Idle Expectations"p. 89
"A Promising Stipend"p. 103
"A Discerning and Judicious Traveler"p. 114
American Prodigiesp. 130
"Hard Times"p. 144
Settling Down
"Clubical Cordiality"p. 157
"A Fatigueing Business"p. 171
"Immortal Fame"p. 183
"A Moneyd Wife"p. 193
"Pomp, Pageantry, and Lofty Titles"p. 207
"Band of Music"p. 224
Closing Years
"Stage Doctors"p. 241
A "Sober Phyz"p. 252
Useful Instructionp. 270
"The True Patriot"p. 287
"A Bloody and Tragical Action"p. 299
"An Irreparable Loss to the Publick"p. 313
Epilogue: "A Sacred Relick or Memorial"p. 324
Note on Sourcesp. 333
Indexp. 339
Illustrations follow pagep. 182
Plan of the City and Castle of Edinburghp. 34
City and Port of Annapolisp. 209
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