Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation Press Kit

Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation

The National Constitution Center’s compelling new exhibit highlights the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his legendary rivals. Created by the National Constitution Center, Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation explores Hamilton’s fraught relationships with James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Aaron Burr. Examining the personalities and constitutional debates that shaped America—including the scope of the national government, the establishment of a standing army, the creation of a federal banking system, and more—the exhibit provides an intimate look into Alexander Hamilton’s enduring role in the constitutional and political arguments that continue to create sparks to this day. 

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Museum Programs

Exhibit Walkthrough

Full List of Exhibit Artifacts

Exhibit Extension Release

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Featured below are exhibit and artifact images, and appropriate credits. Contact Merissa Blum at [email protected] or 215-409-6645 with questions or for additional information.  

Photos courtesy of the National Constitution Center. Photographer credit: Jeff Fusco. 

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Photos courtesy of the National Constitution Center. Photographer credit: Jeff Fusco. 

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Photos courtesy of the National Constitution Center. Photographer credit: Jeff Fusco. 

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Alexander Hamilton Portrait

Alexander Hamilton Portrait

Bureau of Engraving and Printing, U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Commemorative Alexander Hamilton Stamps

Commemorative Alexander Hamilton Stamps

National Constitution Center, 1957

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Plate with View of New York from Weehawken

Plate with View of New York from Weehawken

National Constitution Center, ca. 1835

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Thomas Jefferson’s Inkwell, 1800s

Thomas Jefferson’s Inkwell, 1800s

Courtesy of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello

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John Adams’s Pocket Watch, 1700s

John Adams’s Pocket Watch, 1700s

Adams National Historical Park, Quincy, MA

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Alexander Hamilton’s Writing Desk, late 1700s

Alexander Hamilton’s Writing Desk, late 1700s

Courtesy of Burke Library, Hamilton College

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James Madison’s Wine Bottle Seal, 1808-1836

James Madison’s Wine Bottle Seal, 1808-1836

Archaeology Department, James Madison's Montpelier

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Angelica Schuyler Church letter saying Hamilton has been wounded in a duel, 1804

Angelica Schuyler Church letter saying Hamilton has been wounded in a duel, 1804

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, GLC07882

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Aaron Burr’s Watch Fob, ca. 1830

Aaron Burr’s Watch Fob, ca. 1830

Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York. N0221.1970.01.

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Reproduction Hamilton-Burr Dueling Pistols, ca. 1976

Reproduction Hamilton-Burr Dueling Pistols, ca. 1976

Courtesy: JPMorgan Chase Corporate History Collection

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Jefferson’s “Note of agenda to reduce the government to true principles,” 1792

Jefferson’s “Note of agenda to reduce the government to true principles,” 1792

Thomas Jefferson Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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Letter from Jefferson to Madison attacking Hamilton for his support of the Jay Treaty, 1795

Letter from Jefferson to Madison attacking Hamilton for his support of the Jay Treaty, 1795

James Madison Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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Photos courtesy of the National Constitution Center. Photographer credit: Michael Zorn. 

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Photos courtesy of the National Constitution Center. Photographer credit: Michael Zorn. 

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Photos courtesy of the National Constitution Center. Photographer credit: Michael Zorn. 

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Photos courtesy of the National Constitution Center. Photographer credit: Michael Zorn. 

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Photos courtesy of the National Constitution Center. Photographer credit: Michael Zorn. 

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Photos courtesy of the National Constitution Center. Photographer credit: Michael Zorn. 

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