Dr. Andrew Porwancher Speaks to Honors Students about Alexander Hamilton’s Jewish Roots

Porwancher2-optimzedDr. Andrew Porwancher, visiting scholar at YU’s Straus Center, spoke to over 100 honors students at Stern College for Women about his book-in-progress, “The Jewish Founding Father: Alexander Hamilton’s Hidden Life.” He discussed evidence of Hamilton’s Jewish ancestry, Hamilton’s role in defending Jews in court, and his collaboration with Jewish merchants in creating the American financial system. The students engaged Professor Porwancher in a lively Q&A about the meaning of Jewish identity and the relevance of Hamilton to Jews today.

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