Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Was Alexander Hamilton Black?

(Originally published 2.23.07 in the Hamilton College Spectator.)

In honor of Black History Month, I've decided to examine the evidence that our college's namesake was partially of African descent. I have searched the internet and received help and perspective from Professor Ambrose, Professor Rubino and John Guilbert, Executive Director, Nevis Historical & Conservation Society. I'll examine the ramifications of discrediting the assumption that Hamilton was European. Despite a biblical passage to the contrary, Jesus is often illustrated as Northern European. Cleopatra (from Egypt) was portrayed by the English born Elizabeth Taylor. Non-European figures have been "whitened" before. Below, I'll give a brief biography of Alexander Hamilton, focusing on the evidence that he may have had "black blood".

Hamilton was born as the illegitimate son of Rachel Fawcett Lavien on a Carribean island the size of the town of Kirkland called Nevis. His mother was divorced for infidelity long before Hamilton was born, casting question onto Hamilton's father. Some claim that it was James Hamilton, the man who lived with Rachel. Others claim it was Nicolas Cruger, a Carribean merchant with connections in New York who employed an eleven year old Alexander Hamilton after his alleged father left him and his mother died. Some claim that Hamilton's mother had affairs with her slaves. Additionally, many claim that Hamilton's mother was herself part black, newspapers record Hamilton being called a mustee (implying his mother was a quarter black) by political enemies. At fourteen, Hamilton was running Cruger's business. After attending a prep school in New Jersey and applying to an advanced program at Princeton, he was turned down only after an in person interview. At seventeen he began attending what would become Colombia University, only to drop out two years later to fight in the Revolutionary War. At twenty Hamilton was appointed lieutenant colonel and became very close with George Washington. After practicing law for a short period after the war was over, Hamilton became extremely instrumental in the ratification of the Constitution by writing most of the Federalist Papers and formed the Federalist party. Hamilton was perhaps the staunchest abolitionist of his time. He argued blacks were mentally equal to whites and that slaves could be competent soldiers. He supported the black led government in Haiti who overthrew the French. At thirty-two Hamilton was named the first Secretary of the treasury by Washington. After resigning due to a scandal, Hamilton became more involved in political rivalries that would eventually result in his death. John Adams called Hamilton a "creole bastard" and Abigail Adams who said "[Hamilton] was a vain, ambitious man aspiring to govern when it was his duty to submit". Hamilton received much criticism despite being so important in the foundation of this country. Hamilton's life was ended in 1804 by Aaron Burr, who received no punishment.

That's about all the evidence I could find. I imagine some people are convinced that Hamilton was black. Others may think I've offered little or no evidence at all. Remember, there's no proof that Hamilton was white. Nobody knows what race Hamilton, his political critics probably didn't and it's possible that Hamilton himself was never sure. Certainty could only be determined by a genetic test. Some people might argue that Hamilton's race doesn't matter. Clearly, race meant something during Hamilton's time. But even today people of try to accumulate long lists of great individuals of their own race so they can feel proud of their race, or sometimes so they can feel superior to other races. So Hamilton's race remains an uncertainty that is important for people.

What is certain is that Hamilton's achievements were important and affect us today. That he was born a soon to be orphaned bastard on a tiny island makes his life more incredible. So does the fact that he was brutally criticized, perhaps simply for being an outsider (all the important founding fathers were born in America) or perhaps because of his race. He was an important military, political and economic figure, he was one of the few who advocated treating an unfavorably viewed group as the equals. His struggle and achievements are similar and important to millions of African-Americans, regardless of whether he was of African descent. If anybody is looking for a person of African descent who was accepted among whites before abolition, I'd recommend investigating Benjamin Scott Moncrieffe who served as the treasurer of a colonial church union.

All of this begs the questions, why do we need African-American heroes to be African, and why do we need a Black History Month at all? Certainly blacks have faced terrible discrimination, but so have plenty of other groups. There wouldn't be enough months in the calendar to accommodate every group. How about we use the month of February to confront and eliminate our own prejudices so we can honestly say things like the race of Alexander Hamilton, or any other individual, doesn't mean anything.


64 comments:

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree with you more. It's ironic that by categorizing who we are we only divide ourselves even more. People should be congratulated by what they achieved not where they came from or what their genetic makeup is. The only way we will every remove prejudice is by appreciating the person that stands before us and not the race, religion, country that they came from.

JB said...

It is interesting that when whites can't successfully add to their race a person of accomplishment they retreat to the "why is the race of the individual important anyway?"

As for suggesting having a black month is needless, that is just another way for whites to continue manipulating history to make it seem their race was all that mattered to America's history.

If the white historians didn't lie so often about who did what in our history books, then maybe we wouldn't need a black history month. Presently the other 11 months are devoted to what white historians claim to be the contributions of white men to this country.

The only way we will ever remove prejudice is by revealing the lies that white historians have told about the history of America. i.e that Edison was the founder of inventions when he was actually a thief that stole the inventions of non whites who could not legally register a patent.

White history is full of lies promoting the white race as special. Without a second voice in the wilderness implying otherwise, their lies go unchallenged. That's the purpose of those whites that are quick to suggest that we don't need a month "dividing ourselves even more."

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that Negroids such as JB complain about historical figures not being black because he wants it to look like his devolved species invented everything.

You only say "white history is full of lies" because you want to claim every historical person and invention that you can. Black history is full of lies. But of course you say nothing about that because that is exactly what you people strive for is "fake history" so you people can be proud of something you didn't do.

The Rosa Parks story and Martin Luther King story are both lies. MLK was nothing but a plagiarist

Truth about Michael King

http://www.snopes.com/history/american/mlking.asp

It's getting very tiring of you people repeating this shit over and over again without providing any evidence for your bullshit claims.

Thomas Edison didn't steal from non-whites he stole his inventions from Nicholas Tesla whom was another white man.

Whom were these non-whites that he stole from? Please do tell us because I'd love to know. You people didn't invent electricity, peanut butter, internet, phone, computer, etc you have nothing to do with any of these things.

They even had to lie and say that George Washington Carver invented peanut butter just to please you idiots. He had absolutely nothing to do with the invention of peanut butter.

I bet you still believe that George Washington Carver invented peanut butter.

The Aztecs actually were the inventors of peanut butter.

Peanuts, which are native to the New World tropics, were mashed into paste by Aztecs hundreds of years ago. Evidence of modern peanut butter comes from US patent #306727 issued to Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Montreal, Quebec in 1884, for a process of milling roasted peanuts between heated surfaces until the peanuts reached "a fluid or semi-fluid state." As the product cooled, it set into what Edson described as "a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment." In 1890, George A. Bayle Jr., owner of a food business in St. Louis, manufactured peanut butter and sold it out of barrels. J.H. Kellogg, of cereal fame, secured US patent #580787 in 1897 for his "Process of Preparing Nutmeal," which produced a "pasty adhesive substance" that Kellogg called "nut-butter."

Alexander Hamilton was not black nor was he part black. He would have never been aloud to hold public office during those times if he was. George Washington sure as hell wouldn't have chosen him to be the 1st Secretary of the Treasury neither if he was.

Anybody with a brain knows that Alexander Hamilton wasn't black nor mulatto not even his grandson looks remotely black.

Allan McLane Hamilton

http://image1.findagrave.com/photos/2009/362/6092946_126213920440.jpg

These same black revisionist claim that Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Warren G. Harding, Woodrow Wilson, etc are all black because they supposedly have a drop of black blood in them.

Black revisionism is the dumbest shit ever created. I swear every day a new bullshit myth arises. Tomorrow they'll be claiming George Washington was black/mulatto.

Anonymous said...

Alexander Hamilton was a white man. The fact that you said this couldn't be proven is ridiculous.

This recent "black blood" myth is very recent just like Thomas Jefferson's, Beethoven's, Abraham Lincoln's, etc.

Arguing with these black revisionist is like arguing with a wall.

No matter how much evidence you provide they'll just call you a liar until you believe their bullshit version of history.

Just like JB for example. Notice how he keeps saying white history is a lie and white historians lie without providing any evidence to prove so?

Where's his evidence of this? Where's his evidence of Thomas Edison stealing from non-whites?

I also love how he acts like their is so much blacks did between 1783 - 1865. In those times blacks were slaves and couldn't even hold any public office. Blacks couldn't even get into office until the late 1800's.

Haiti however Negroids could hold office however after the Negroids killed all the French Haiti went down hill just like every other black majority country.

Anonymous said...

Alexander's father was a Scotsman and his mother was a Danish/Jew so where does the black come in?


"Alexander Hamilton was born on the West Indian Island of Nevis. His father, of Scottish ancestry, remained in Scotland during Hamilton's childhood due to a debt, forcing his mother to rely on friends and relatives for financial support. Around the age of ten the family moved to the nearby island of St. Croix where his mother died soon after. Friends and relatives took an interest in the future of the young Hamilton by encouraging him to work as a mercantile clerk and to read and write, activities at which he excelled despite his lack of proper schooling. Hamilton's formal education began after Reverend Hugh Knox, a Presbyterian minister, gave a sermon so inspiring that Hamilton wrote a description of it for the Royal-Danish American Gazette. When a group of readers found out that the words were those of an under-privileged fifteen-year-old they decided to sponsor his way to the American Colonies to receive his first formal education."

Anonymous said...

These Afrocentrist are claiming Founding Fathers of the United States now? lol. I'm guessing they're running out of history to steal.

Weren't these same people bashing the hell out of them before?

Now since there is some stupid myth floating around that one of them is supposedly black/mulatto that view suddenly changes?

Blacks are such hypocrites.

Soon they'll be claiming John F. Kennedy is black. I mean they already claim that his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the first black lady because she supposedly had black blood in her.

Here's the article:

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/michelle-obama-not-our-first-black-first-lady-10-fascinating-things-you-didnt-know

James Brown said...

ALEXANDER HAMILTONS. REAL IMAGE, A PORTRAIT BY FAMOUS ARTIST, PEALE IS HANGING ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY ON 5TH AVENUE...IF THAT PORTRAIT IS NOT PROOF ENOUGH THAT HE WAS BLACK...WHITE HISTORIANS LIED ABOUT THE BLACK NOBILITY IN EUROPE AS WELL...THEY PAINTED OVER THE ORIGINAL KINGS AND QUEENS...EVEN WHEN THEY CAN CLEARLY SEE THE BLACK IMAGES LIKE QUEEN CHARLOTTE...SHE IS STILL PORTRAYED AS WHITE IN FILMS...YALL NEED TO START RESEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH...THANK GOD FOR DNA.

Anonymous said...

I believe that we in a society where cultural appropriation is accepted and encouraged. The erasure of prominent Black and Latino historical figures and their achievements to our society is overlooked.

Simple examples of cultural appropriation are:

1. Twerking in Russia (look it up!)
2. Marc Jacobs' recent "founding" of Bantu knots (look it up!)
3. The use of the term "YAS." (Check out Buzzfeed.)
4. The misuse of "Bae, Before All Else" (pronounced 'bay') This term is literally the short form of "Babe" and has been used by Blacks and Latinos for decades. Since when is it an acronym for "Before All Else?"

Race is important to Blacks and Latinos because we have been oppressed for hundreds of years because of our skin color, ethnicity, and culture. If you have never thought about your race a single day in your life, you are most likely White/Caucasian. As A Black/Latino male, I think about my race every day because some of the people I come in contact with make it an issue.

ananda from new york said...

that's a racist slur and u should be hanged by your neck until u die!
we do know that he was a jew, so you are an anti semite
shame on u
I am now calling on everyone to OPPOSE removing hamilton from $10 dollar bill
a jew, possibly black, an immigrant, washingtons aide de camp during revolution
at age 19, 1st secretary if treasury, felt that blacks should be treated as equals, when slavery was legal!!

ananda from new york said...

ananda again. he was aide de camp ay age 19
secretary of treasury in his mid twenties.
turned down nomination to be chief justice of supreme court
now congress wants to kick him off the $10 dollar bill
so we could say that Congress is st the very least anti semetic and possibly racist!


Anonymous said...

I've always said whitey's head will explode when truth is exposed. Racism is a genetic trait in the white race that permeates so deep that the racist can even begin to understand so why bother with him/her? Just die will ya and let the world become a better place.

Anonymous said...

No idea about Alexander Hamilton...but Cleopatra wasn't Egyptian...She's Greek, specifically from Macedonia.

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of spewing, racist tripe on this comment thread! DNA testing should be mandatory in the good ol' bigoted US of A: when these self-righteous people see just how mixed race we all are, maybe they'll stop acting like such irredeemable savages.

Nope Wait said...

@JamesBrown

You Afro-revisionist thieves never quit do you?

First you idiots demonize the Founding Fathers, now you're claiming them?

The image of Alexander Hamilton that you're talking about depicts Hamilton as a pasty white man:

New York Public Library portrait by Charles Willson Peale:

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eresources/exhibitions/treasures/html/39a.html

Now you're claiming black royalty in Europe? Not only are you stealing history but you're stealing early 19th century history.

So now you were ruling in the 19th century? So where did all these mythical black people go?

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Nope Wait said...

George Washington would have never chosen him to be United States Secretary of the Treasury if he was black.

Then again, you'd probably claim George Washington as black too.

Afro-Revisionism is a poison.

Nope Wait said...

@Anonymous (Jan 12, 2016)

What truth exactly? This post didn't prove that he was black.

It's just another stupid myth created on the internet.

Racism is a genetic trait? Where's your sources for this? I thought you black supremacist believed that race was a "social construct" made up by the evil white man?

Calling someone "racist" and then telling all white people to die makes you a hypocrite.

Nope Wait said...

@JamesBrown

Queen Charlotte's portrait:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2d/Allan_Ramsay_-_Queen_Charlotte_%28Royal_Collection%29.png

Queen Charlotte in state robes by Allan Ramsay, 1761

"Scottish painter Allan Ramsay emphasized the Queen's alleged "mulatto" appearance in his portrait of her to support the anti-slave trade movement."

Queen Charlotte's daughter:

Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh

1856 daguerreotype of Princess Mary (seated far right). Sitting to her left are Queen Victoria and Princess Alice. Standing is the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). Daguerreotype by Antoine Claudet

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Mary,_Duchess_of_Gloucester_and_Edinburgh#/media/File:Victoriaandmary.jpg

Nope Wait said...

@Anonymous (July 10, 2015)

There's no such thing as "cultural appropriation".

Twerking isn't apart of a culture, maybe slut culture but that's it.

Unknown said...

The demon seed genetically recessive blank or pink kind of man is the remnant of a the neanderthal. And that's the good part of this genetic make up... he is a evil,.. vile,...scavenging parasite on humanity... their is no where on earth that the demonic white kind of man has reared it's head where death and destruction doesn't follow. I say that in present tense because he is still the same pile of.shut he has always been. Trace your origins back to.your truth father who is Satan. Your have the same characteristics as a plague or virus ... and bring little to no good everywhere you go. Bit I don't blame you for.being a snake... that's your nature and probably a close relative. You operate on the same manner of a reptile... or a and octopus.... changing colors with rhetoric just to grasp something and devour it with your hidden beak. You are on your way out as a species so now you want to be advertised as a sex symbol to have gullible women of color fawn over you and have little parasitic offspring. This will never clean up your reptilian cold blood or make you a human being... you are a purposely flawed kind of man made as punishment t for the original people's of colour around the world... why are we punished with you.... cause some of man's nature...or the nature of some men are no different than you.... they just are too self centered to know it. I'll admit ... the devil designed you as a people after his own heart... very well.

Michael Baker said...
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Michael Baker said...

Fuck you... you punk ass racist cracker... you lucky you can hide behind a computer vause you know you'd get you ass beat and stomped out in real life.... so keep up the bytch ass work... coward.

Anonymous said...

And you my dear, are young and white. When you are not a minority, it is hard to understand events like Black History month, etc. I do applaud your research, however.

Sandra Kalon said...

This article was ok, until you decided to drag Black history month into it. The fact of the matter is that Alexander Hamilton was not "Black" either as that term was understood in his day or today. He may very well have had Distant African ancestry, but not so much as to impact his social status as is shown by his welcome into the educational, political and social spheres reserved for

Sandra Kalon said...

Continuation - the Whites of his day. Despite the attempts of his adversaries to label him as "Black" that was not the social status that was attached to him . I am Black and will say that Black people need to stop calling all marginally Black people "Black". Alexander Hamilton did not have the social status of a Black person, did not live life as a Black person and, most Importantly, he did not identify as Black. The most that can be said is that he was an African descendant.
White people need to stop being hypocritical by trying to enforce the "One Drop Rule" when it's beneficial to Whites, th

Sandra Kalon said...

Continuation- then claiming that "race doesn't matter" when it comes to mixed race people they want to claim as their own. If race doesn't matter, then you shouldn't care if people say Hamilton was of Black ancestry.
If you are a White person in this country and you truly don't understand why there is a Black history month, you are truly a wretched human, especially if you are college educated.

Sandra Kalon said...

Continuation- You are also unbearably ungrateful. There is a Black History month because Black labor was exploited for the purpose of creating the wealth that made this country possible. There is a Black history month so that people REMEMBER the contributions made by Blacks to the foundation and formation of this country. You have people on this thread who eagerly disregard the contributions of Black people ignoring entirely the fact that the good life they have in this land is only possible due to the enslavement of Black people and the free wealth it generated in the 17th century forward to today. For this same reason, there should also be aNatove American history month.

Sandra Kalon said...

To the author of this post- stop being an ignoramus and an ingrate.

Thomas Russell said...

You have deep seeded issues.

TRUTH said...

White people are becoming afraid because the Internet is a way for Black people to find out about there history,because it damn sure wasn't taught in those lying ass white history books. they want people to think that they did and invented everything and its all a bunch of lies they wanted us to believe that Egyptians were white knowing Egypt is in AFRICA. now that there is DNA proof they still try to come up with some other excuse. they haven't invented anything but Lies.And back to The asshole that thinks Thomas Edison invented electricity.Electricity was being used in Egypt when they were painting on concrete telling there story on the walls. they try to show you them carry these flamed torches as air tight as those pyramids are that black smoke would of choked the shit out of them. Just realize that Blacks were hear first on this planet in AFRICA.white people come from Europe cold caves in the Secorkis Mountains. Don't be mad and don't be afraid because we're finding out the TRUTH.




Anonymous said...

"their is no where on earth that the demonic white kind of man has reared it's head where death and destruction doesn't follow."

Funny how if you look at murder rates in various countries, the countries that have the fewest number of non-whites have the highest murder rates. Feel free to look up the facts on that. White people don't murder each other nearly as much as African/Latino/Arabs. So to make the statement about the "demonic white kind of man" causing death and destruction is just ignorance, plain and simple.

Another simple fact, Slavery didn't start with whites enslaving blacks. Egyptians enslaving Hebrews anyone? Muslims enslaving non-muslims? It's something that happened throughout history. It's how things were done, not saying it's how it should be, eventually we evolve and move from that behavior, but then again, maybe people should evolve and stop killing each other?


Dallas Denny said...

I might take some of the commenters more seriously if they were able to spell or at least master Google search. Sekoris mountains? It's instead of its?

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nicole'sblog said...


You are correct about Cleopatra. After I read that, at the very beginning of this article, I lost and faith of this being a reliable source!

nicole'sblog said...

Exactly!

nicole'sblog said...

Thank you!

Nope Wait said...

Michael Brown,

You silly little black supremacist, do you even understand what the word "species" means?

Definition: a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding. The species is the principal natural taxonomic unit, ranking below a genus and denoted by a Latin binomial, e.g., Homo sapiens.

I also find it cute that you made other fake accounts to insult me. "claps hands"

You want to talk about Neanderthals?

How about we talk about Homo-Floresiensis, Homo-Erectus, or the Homo-Heidelbergensis? You know, the species Africans such as yourself derive from?

Homo-Erectus:

http://www.livescience.com/41048-facts-about-homo-erectus.html

Homo-Floresiensis:

https://allyouneedisbiology.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/homo-floresiensis.jpg

Homo-Heidelbergensis:

http://www.gurche.com/webgraphics/homo_heidel_655_fs.gif

The Neanderthals migrated from Africa 350,000 years ago and went extinct 40,000 years ago.

Everybody out of Africa has up to 1-4% of Neanderthal DNA in them.

Here's a video of Africans bathing in cow urine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tRzM2tZFng

Africa cave dwellers:

http://europeanamericans.tumblr.com/post/139775559969/when-blacks-call-white-people-cave-dwellers

Liberian cannibals:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMwI5unlK9M

If you want to see savages I suggest you go to the Congo, Liberia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, etc.

Nope Wait said...

@Truth

Why do you Afro-revisionist never provide any evidence to prove your ridiculous claims? Is it because you don't any?

Where's your evidence that Egypt had electricity in the B.C era?

We haven't invented anything but lies? That's hilarious! You Afro-revisionist are the ones whom think you've invented everything.

I also love you say that when most social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter were created by white men. Including the cell phone (Martin Cooper), Car, Puffer Jacket(Eddie Bauer), Video game consoles(Ralph H. Baer), etc.

Car inventors:

In 1768, the first steam powered automobile capable of human transportation was built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot.

In 1807, Fran├žois Isaac de Rivaz designed the first car powered by an internal combustion engine fueled by hydrogen.

In 1886 the first petrol or gasoline powered automobile the Benz Patent-Motorwagen was invented by Karl Benz.

Let me get this one out the way,

Henry Sampson co-invented the "gamma-electric cell" in 1971. Which has absolutely nothing to do with the cell phone.

I had to say that before some Afro-revisionist mentions that ridiculous nonsense.

You didn't even invent peanut butter.

Peanuts, which are native to the New World tropics, were mashed into paste by Aztecs hundreds of years ago. Evidence of modern peanut butter comes from US patent #306727 issued to Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Montreal, Quebec in 1884, for a process of milling roasted peanuts between heated surfaces until the peanuts reached "a fluid or semi-fluid state." As the product cooled, it set into what Edson described as "a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment." In 1890, George A. Bayle Jr., owner of a food business in St. Louis, manufactured peanut butter and sold it out of barrels. J.H. Kellogg, of cereal fame, secured US patent #580787 in 1897 for his "Process of Preparing Nutmeal," which produced a "pasty adhesive substance" that Kellogg called "nut-butter."

George Washington Carver didn't invent anything.

All because something is on the "internet" doesn't make it true.

Whites come from caves? That's why your people are still dwelling in the Nuba Mountains right?

Nuba Mountains (Black cave dwellers):

http://europeanamericans.tumblr.com/post/139775559969/when-blacks-call-white-people-cave-dwellers

Nope Wait said...

@Michael Brown

Making petty threats over the internet doesn't make you look hard.

P.S

Calling someone "cracker, savages, Neanderthals, etc" kind of makes you look like an idiot.

Nope Wait said...

@Sandra Kalon

Nobody of his day ever tried to label him as black or Creole.

These are nothing but modern myths that were created on the internet. They did the same exact thing with Abraham Lincoln, Warren G. Harding, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Calvin Coolidge, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John Hanson.

Don't believe me? Look up each of these men.

Alexander Hamilton was born in and spent part of his childhood in Charlestown, the capital of the island of Nevis, in the Leeward Islands; Nevis was one of the British West Indies. Hamilton was born out of wedlock to Rachel Faucette, a married woman of partial British and partial French Huguenot descent, and James A. Hamilton, the fourth son of the Scottish laird Alexander Hamilton of Grange, Ayrshire.

Where does this so called "blackness" come in?

His father was a Scotsman and his mother was English/French.

Why did George Washington choose him to be Secretary of the Treasury?

"President George Washington appointed Hamilton as the first United States Secretary of the Treasury on September 11, 1789."

You know damn well that wouldn't have happened at that time.

Why are Alexander Hamilton's children and grand children white?

John Hanson myths:

http://www.johnhanson.org/

As for this so called "Black History Month" I think it needs to be put to an end.

I think I've seen enough afro-revisionism.

Soon these idiots will be claiming George Washington and all the rest of the founders.

Anonymous said...

Can you make a bibliography? Just because he opposed slavery and "fought" for the blacks, does not mean that he is black. I am in a brief debating with someone and I want some evidence that I could present. This article was very helpful.

Crystal Marie said...

it is easy to say "Why does the race of a person matter" when there are many people of a specific race who have over 40 presidents and leaders to look to within their race.

Moreover, while many peoples in America have been marginalized, African-Americans were singularly and systematically disenfranchised and persecutes (See the 3/5th compromise, countless black codes, Jim Crow law, and etc.) Since America's inception, and even before then, African-Americans suffered a cruelly unique fate.

if Alexander Hamilton was indeed African-American, it would certainly be of note to a people whose ancestors were primarily slaves during America's early history, not leading politicians and founding fathers.

To dismiss that is at best, careless and shortsighted.

Anonymous said...

Dear racist white people ...News flash we are all black and all of our descendants are from Africa. And (just like global warming) this has been scientifically proven. (I'm sure the white people that conducted the test verified it a million times.) Even if a person was as much as half black it is still very possible to have fair skin, light eyes and yellow hair. Furthermore, we (black people) don't want Alexander Hamilton's pale ass. He is all yours.

We could all use less hate and more spell check.

Nope Wait said...

@Crystal Marie

If he was indeed African-American?

How many times do I have to repeat this? He's not black! You idiots can't even provide any evidence to back up your ridiculous claims.

Do you people do any research?

His mother: "Rachel Faucette, a married woman of partial British and partial French Huguenot descent"

"Huguenot History. The Huguenots were French Protestants. The tide of the Reformation reached France early in the sixteenth century and was part of the religious and political fomentation of the times."

His father: "James A. Hamilton, the fourth son of the Scottish laird Alexander Hamilton of Grange, Ayrshire."


Alexander Hamilton was born in and spent part of his childhood in Charlestown, the capital of the island of Nevis, in the Leeward Islands; Nevis was one of the British West Indies. Hamilton was born out of wedlock to Rachel Faucette, a married woman of partial British and partial French Huguenot descent, and James A. Hamilton, the fourth son of the Scottish laird Alexander Hamilton of Grange,
Ayrshire.

Portraits and busts made during his lifetime:

New York Public Library portrait by Charles Willson Peale:

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eresources/exhibitions/treasures/html/39a.html

Alexander Hamilton portrait by John Trumbull 1806:

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/art-object-page.567.html

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/05/Alexander_Hamilton_portrait_by_John_Trumbull_1806.jpg

Marble bust of Alexander Hamilton by Giuseppe Ceracchi (1794):

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b5/Alexander_Hamilton_by_Ceracchi_-_marble,_Crystal_Bridges_Museum.jpg

Nope Wait said...

@Anonymous Who are you talking to?

We are not "all black" we are all descendants from Africans that migrated out of Africa thousands of years ago. Don't lie, you guys want to claim every prominent figure. This blog and half of the Afrocentric morons on here prove it.

This won't be the last Founding Father Afro-revisionist claim.

You morons are already claiming other historical figures such as: Abraham Lincoln, Warren G. Harding, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Calvin Coolidge, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John Hanson.

Soon they'll be claiming John F. Kennedy as black. I mean they're already claiming that his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the first black lady because she supposedly had black blood in her. This of course has been debunked already.

Here's that ridiculous article:

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/michelle-obama-not-our-first-black-first-lady-10-fascinating-things-you-didnt-know

Nope Wait said...

Alexander Hamilton's children and grandchildren were also white.

His children:

John Church Hamilton (August 22, 1792 − July 25, 1882) was the fourth son, fifth child of the founding father Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

Portrait:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Church_Hamilton#/media/File:John_Church_Hamiton.jpg

Alexander Hamilton Jr.(May 16, 1786 - August 2, 1875)[1] was the third child and the second son of Alexander Hamilton. He graduated from Columbia University, several weeks after his father was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. He was invited to be an apprentice attorney in Stephen Higginson's Boston law firm and later became a lawyer.

(He can be found on the 1860's, and 1870's U.S census)

William S. Hamilton William Stephen Hamilton (August 4, 1797 – October 9, 1850), a son of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, was a politician and miner who lived much of his life in the U.S. state of Illinois and territorial Wisconsin. Hamilton was born in New York, where he attended the United States Military Academy before he resigned and moved to Illinois in 1817. In Illinois he lived in Springfield and Peoria and eventually migrated to the lead-mining region of southern Wisconsin and established Hamilton's Diggings at present-day Wiota. Hamilton served in various political offices and as a commander in two Midwest Indian Wars. In 1849 he moved to California on the heels of the California Gold Rush. He died in Sacramento, most likely of cholera, in October 1850.

Portrait:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6f/William_S._Hamilton.jpg


Schuyler Hamilton (July 22, 1822 – March 18, 1903) was an American soldier, a grandson of Alexander Hamilton.

Photo:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/Schuyler-Hamilton.jpg


Elizabeth Hamilton Cullum (February 9, 1831 - September 15, 1884)

Alexander Hamilton's Grandaughter. Married both Union Generals Henry Halleck and George W. Cullum.

http://image1.findagrave.com/photos/2010/24/23623533_126442903718.jpg

Great-Grandson of Alexander Hamilton:

Alexander Hamilton (September 9, 1847 – June 3, 1928) was an Episcopal priest and great grandson of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.He was the rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Weston, Connecticut by 1893; St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Woodbury, Connecticut by 1915; and Christ Church in Westport, Connecticut until he retired in 1920. Hamilton was the chaplain for the Society of the Cincinnati and the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the Revolution. He was also a member of the Advisory Council for the Daughters of the Cincinnati.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Hamilton_%28priest%29#/media/File:Hamilton_4389397259_a21d344d3b_o.jpg

You can also find these people on the U.S census.

bklynbasedellie said...

My white family was almost sent to the West Indies in 1709. We refused to go and the English eventually sent us to The Colonies in 1710. People assume he was black because he came from the West Indies but that isn't necessarily true. HIs home in Harlem is no indication of his being black either. I went there in the 1980's after a class at CCNY because I love History and all it had were a few pieces of furniture. I guess most of it was stolen from his home over the years.

bklynbasedellie said...

Whites were indentured servants and often treated worse than black slaves because a slave was property for life, therefor worth something to the owner. White indentured servants were only valuable for the time they were indentured and therefore often worked harder than the blacks because the person hiring them
didn't care what happened to them after the time they served.

Nope Wait said...

Alexander Hamilton's children and grandchildren were also white.

His children:

John Church Hamilton (August 22, 1792 − July 25, 1882) was the fourth son, fifth child of the founding father Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

Portrait:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Church_Hamilton#/media/File:John_Church_Hamiton.jpg

Alexander Hamilton Jr.(May 16, 1786 - August 2, 1875)[1] was the third child and the second son of Alexander Hamilton. He graduated from Columbia University, several weeks after his father was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. He was invited to be an apprentice attorney in Stephen Higginson's Boston law firm and later became a lawyer.

(He can be found on the 1860's, and 1870's U.S census)

William S. Hamilton William Stephen Hamilton (August 4, 1797 – October 9, 1850), a son of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, was a politician and miner who lived much of his life in the U.S. state of Illinois and territorial Wisconsin. Hamilton was born in New York, where he attended the United States Military Academy before he resigned and moved to Illinois in 1817. In Illinois he lived in Springfield and Peoria and eventually migrated to the lead-mining region of southern Wisconsin and established Hamilton's Diggings at present-day Wiota. Hamilton served in various political offices and as a commander in two Midwest Indian Wars. In 1849 he moved to California on the heels of the California Gold Rush. He died in Sacramento, most likely of cholera, in October 1850.

Portrait:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6f/William_S._Hamilton.jpg


Schuyler Hamilton (July 22, 1822 – March 18, 1903) was an American soldier, a grandson of Alexander Hamilton.

Photo:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/Schuyler-Hamilton.jpg


Elizabeth Hamilton Cullum (February 9, 1831 - September 15, 1884)

Alexander Hamilton's Grandaughter. Married both Union Generals Henry Halleck and George W. Cullum.

http://image1.findagrave.com/photos/2010/24/23623533_126442903718.jpg

Great-Grandson of Alexander Hamilton:

Alexander Hamilton (September 9, 1847 – June 3, 1928) was an Episcopal priest and great grandson of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.He was the rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Weston, Connecticut by 1893; St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Woodbury, Connecticut by 1915; and Christ Church in Westport, Connecticut until he retired in 1920. Hamilton was the chaplain for the Society of the Cincinnati and the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the Revolution. He was also a member of the Advisory Council for the Daughters of the Cincinnati.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Hamilton_%28priest%29#/media/File:Hamilton_4389397259_a21d344d3b_o.jpg

You can also find these people on the U.S census.

Nope Wait said...

@bklynbasedellie

Yeah many Scottish, Irish, and even Englishmen were sent to the West Indies as slaves/indentured servants.

Sadly, many of them are forgotten and everyone assumes that all the slaves in the West Indies were black. They even assume that in the United States that all of the slaves were black. This is a lie that I cannot stand because it is far from the truth.

If you look at the 1790-1860 census you'll see "Free Whites". Why was that on the U.S census if there were no white slaves?

There are still descendants of Scottish slaves residing in Barbados till this day.

White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America

http://www.amazon.com/White-Cargo-Forgotten-History-Britains/dp/0814742963

All-American Voltron said...

I'm sorry I don't believe for a second that Alexander Hamilton was white and I don't believe Thomas Jefferson had romantic love affairs with slaves. I think people are romanticizing about Hamilton to justify the Broadway Musical by making Alexander Hamilton way cooler than he actually was. While others like to fantasize that Thomas Jefferson actually loved Black people and had a passionate love affair with one along with a secret forbidden marriage, what makes a lot more sense is that Jefferson was a slave owner like everyone else in his day who took female slaves by force, again like everyone else in that day. Just accept the Founding Fathers for what they were and people should stop trying to put them on a pedastal...

All-American Voltron said...

edit: "I don't believe for a second that Alexander Hamilton was part Black ..."

Anonymous said...

I am amazed that many white people believe that black people never accomplished anything in this world other than poisoned spears and darts.

Why such adamant denial? It seems to be based on fear that the black people might come to view themselves as equal -- or even superior -- to whites. The white fear is palpable. It is visible. And it cannot be hidden behind outlandish comments designed to craft a belief that the white race is superior to every other, no matter what any other race might accomplish. The whites can always steal the inventions of others and concoct falsities in their history books with ease in order to fill innocent young minds with lies. (Remember the Indians?)

What kind of "people" wear dunce hats and sheets like cheap (and unimaginative) halloween costumes as a cowardly way to promote anonymity and hatred?

What is the word that describes a group of people who believe that everyone who is not like them is inferior? Is it Condescending, Egotistical, Arrogant? Delusional? Possesed of self-riteous and unfounded hubris? Maybe just stupid beyond repair?

Theft, intimidation, murder and lies are not the weapons of the ritious and good. They are the weapons of evil and fear in abundance within cowards.

Wendy Myhill said...
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Wendy Myhill said...

He was not black. He was mixed race. The sad truth is that if he didn't look white back then he wouldn't have been able to accomplish all that he did because of how few rights non whites had back then.

Anonymous said...

Alexander Hamilton & Benjamin Franklin both helped found the New York Manumission Society. Thomas Jefferson tried to push several pieces of legislation in Virginia that were against slavery. He hoped he could convince his state to support legislation to allow new states coming into the union to be free states. He wanted to at least enact some kind of a date that any person born to a slave would no longer be a slave. He supported stopping the import of new slaves. But he was a slave owner, yes. Jefferson had a lot of dealings with France during the Revolutionary War & was in a lot of debt to them. I would suspect he felt he couldn't actually free his own over his debts. The founders knew that ending slavery outright would've destroyed the new nation they started. John Adams actually was against slavery as well. He knew the words "all men are created equal" would have little meaning to a big class of people. His son, John Quincy Adams, also was an abolitionist. George Washington grew to abhor the institution of slavery. He wrote in one letter that he wanted it to end in imperceptible degrees; again probably to avoid destroying the entire economy. He wrote in his will that he wanted his slaves freed after the death of his wife; probably to make sure she was cared for in her old age. Washington invited Phillis Wheatley to his home. She was the first African American woman to have her poetry published. Alexander Hamilton supported the 1st national bank. Americans had already experienced the hyperinflation of the Continental dollar. They knew what would happen if a currency was inflated to the point that people lost their savings. Jefferson was adamantly against a central bank; I would suspect Adams was as well. Most of the founders were against one. Andrew Jackson allowed the charter of the 2nd national bank to lapse. He also understood the dangers of a central bank manipulating a currency. He was a child during the Revolutionary War; was struck in the face by a sword by a British soldier during the Waxhaw murders. I'm sure he heard a lot about the death of the Continental dollar. Both Jefferson & Jackson had a strong understanding of this. When you said John Adams called Hamilton a "creole bastard", I am curious as to the whole conversation of why he said that. Most of the founders did not agree with Hamilton's stance on a central bank. The current central bank, the Federal Reserve, started in 1913 and has been the most destructive entity to our currency. The dangers Jefferson and Jackson wrote about central banks is true. They print money to make loans for profit without really any care as to who is going to be effected by it. They loan money for wars, corruption, etc. The U.S. dollar was only worth 2 cents of it's original worth in October, 2012. Since the dollar is backed by nothing, the bank's money-printing continually destroys it. Eventually, it will be completely destroyed & everyone will pay. I wouldn't be surprised if those founders that understood that had strong differences with Alexander Hamilton. You mention no punishment for Aaron Burr killing Hamilton. They dueled which was a combat with agreed upon rules. It wasn't legal but the practice was still used to restore one's honor. Alexander Hamilton had been challenged to almost a dozen duels by then but had avoided violence. Even Abraham Lincoln met for a duel with Illinois state auditor, James Shields, but they were convinced not to do it by their seconds. I'll just end by saying I'm not a huge fan of Hamilton due to his support of a national bank when he surely knew the dangers it would do to a currency, affecting all people.

William Littles said...

We do have DNA to prove such claims. Simply, all the United States of America has to do is have a DNA test performed on his remains.

William Littles said...

We do have DNA to prove such claims. Simply, all the United States of America has to do is have a DNA test performed on his remains.

Nikkie Mayo said...

The first person to hold office of "president" was actually a black man.....and this wade closed by a white man, on Fox New #mindblown

Unknown said...

Blacks rewrite history.

Asmith said...

George Washington was not credited with inventing Peanut Butter. He was a very popular Botanist that aided in finding more uses for the peanut and sweet potatoes as cash crops. It help poor families. Also peanuts are an African crop as well as yams. No one will ever claim that President George Washington was black because he was a merciless slave owner. Thomas Jefferson is not Black he has black children and his wish HD half black siblings because her father raped his slaves. Abraham Lincoln was a muleogeon. And blacks passed all the time to succeed in America because the 1 drop black rule, slavery and Segregation made life very hard for anyone with 34th of black blood to live freely.
But you have now proven why it is so important for Black History in America to be known. You are extremely prejudice.

Asmith said...

Even though Cleopatra sister'site DNA is African. It is very complicated because supposedly certain Pharoah did not have royal children by Africans.

Asmith said...

I am 40 years old. My mother was a teachEric with a master'suite degree.I've been around long enough to have seen many lies exposed and many truths covered up. Every educated black person has alwaysknown that Alexander Hamilton was black, before the internet. I know I knew that.

Anonymous said...

One of Alexander Hamiltons' grandmothers so it is taught in schools in the USVI was a Black woman. It is also an accepted fact in that part of the world that he also fathered at least one child with a Black woman before coming to America.