Hamilton in New York: A Revolutionary History with Ben Rubin - Context Travel

Hamilton in New York: A Revolutionary History with Ben Rubin


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Walk in the footsteps of the most beloved, despised, and controversial American founder from his arrival in the city as a teenage orphan immigrant, through his years as chief of General George Washington’s military staff, to his time as the nation’s first Treasury Secretary and his untimely and scandalous demise, all within the confines of present Lower Manhattan.

"He is dynamic, interested, engaging."

See the remnants of the old city still standing today. Visit the places that were important in Hamilton’s life, and experience the rarely told story of the Revolution in the city with the war’s largest battle and longest occupation. Experience the Financial District before it was the Financial District when the rest of Manhattan was forest and farmland, and meet the cast of characters who built a brand new republic, right here in NYC.

"Map and picture selection excellent. Enthusiasm high. Sequence of events and connections with play clearly stated."

Led by Early American Historian Ben Rubin, this interactive discussion will weave together the early history of New York, the tumultuous years of the British occupation, the founding of the American republic, and the exciting life of Alexander Hamilton. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of the history buried just beneath the surface of Lower Manhattan.

"A great speaker, and clearly knowledgeable."

Ben Rubin holds a bachelor's degree from Hanover College, a Master's from Western Carolina University, and is completing his Ph.D. at Drew University. He is also a graduate of the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. His work has been published in the Journal of Backcountry Studies and in Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. In addition to academic experience, Ben worked as a docent at the Biltmore House in Asheville, and as a whitewater raft guide on the Nantahala River.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.