The Alex & Eliza Trilogy Series
Beside the most timeless of heroes stands an exceptional heroine. As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler is accustomed to socializing with dignitaries and soldiers. They marry quickly, and despite the tumult of the American Revolution, Eliza is confident in her brilliant husband and in her role as his helpmate. In New York and Philadelphia, Eliza becomes a popular member of society, respected for her fierce devotion to Hamilton as well as her grace. Behind closed doors, she astutely manages their expanding household, and assists her husband with his political writings. Yet some challenges are impossible to prepare for. Through public scandal, betrayal, personal heartbreak, and tragedy, she is tested again and again.
The Van Rensselaers of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck were one of the richest and most politically influential families in the state of New York. She had seven siblings who lived to adulthood, including Angelica Schuyler Church and Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler Van Rensselaer , and 14 siblings in total. Her family was among the wealthy Dutch landowners who had settled around Albany in the mids, and both her mother and father came from wealthy and well-regarded families. Like many landowners of the time, Philip Schuyler owned slaves, and Eliza would have grown up around slavery. Like most Dutch families of the area, her family belonged to the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany , which still survives, though the original building where Elizabeth was baptized and attended services was demolished in When she was a girl, Elizabeth accompanied her father to a meeting of the Six Nations and met Benjamin Franklin when he stayed briefly with the Schuyler family while traveling.
I rarely listen to the album straight through, but recently, I was able to hear the entire thing. It's not only the pitch-perfect melody or actress Philippa Soo's beautiful voice that brought me to tears—it's also the fact that Eliza was an extraordinary person with great accomplishments, especially for a woman of her time. She also brings us inside small moments of possibility that no historian could ever prove, while teaching us more about the American Revolution. This is one of places where Hamilton and I, Eliza Hamilton diverge. Miranda imagines Eliza burning all of her own letters in the song "Burn," which is, in its way, a kind of sick burn to historians, and now a mass general audience, who are curious about her. Scott also spends much more time examining Eliza as a wife and partner to Alexander Hamilton. But Scott explores the ways Eliza listened to her husband and learned from him.
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The new TV series offers an accurate depiction of what trauma survivors face in a sometimes backwards criminal justice process. Hamilton fever has swept the nation since the show written by Lin-Manuel Miranda opened on Broadway in fall With three productions running in the U. Through her historical fiction novel, de la Cruz explores their love story. Told from the alternating perspectives of both lovers, the book is clearly about the title couple, but it also features a look at the budding romances of the other Schuyler sisters and their beaus. She is much more materialistic, and already set on marrying John Church, who can provide her a fancy and comfortable lifestyle. This leaves Eliza as the sister who is more concerned with current issues and more open to falling in love with Hamilton.
Meet Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, wife of Alexander Hamilton and mother of their many children, who may not be as well known but is an amazing figure in history. I love a good historical fiction novel and My Dear Hamilton did not disappoint. More and more novels have been written about the women behind histories famous men and I have to admit I am in love with this trend. We all know the story of Alexander Hamilton, especially since the hit Broadway musical has captivated the world, but how many people know about the woman married to him. This novel guides us through their lives, their toils and triumphs, and the politics that shaped the nation in congress and the press but also in the ladies knitting circles and carefully planned dinners. This story by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie is a wonderfully written story about Eliza Hamilton, not just the wife of Alexander Hamilton, but a strong, independent, pioneer in her own right. Check it out on Amazon.