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Explore Alexander Hamilton's New York City

Benjamin Rubin leads a walking tour in New York City

Context Travel's Hamilton in New York Walking Tour is the perfect way to learn more about this Founding Father's complex legacy in the city.

Have you ever wondered what life in New York City would have been like during the Revolutionary War? In an era before towering skyscrapers ruled the skyline, the city played host to an array of pivotal political figures who shaped the course of American history, crafting decisions that echoed through the ages.

Embark on a captivating journey through Alexander Hamilton's New York City, led by knowledgeable local scholars. During your walking tour, you'll visit historical sites like 57 Wall Street, Federal Hall, Hanover Square, and Francis Tavern where Hamilton's Federalist papers gained traction. Discover the rich history of the Federalist and Anti-Federalist debates that took place in the city before the Constitution's ratification. 

You can step into the world of the hip-hop musical "Hamilton," where we uncover the story of an immigrant founding father and his involvement in the Revolutionary War. Who was Hamilton, and where does the play take creative liberties with history? You'll discover the profound impact of the Revolutionary War on New York City during this engaging three-hour walking tour.

Explore the late colonial era's history, delve into the Revolutionary War's impact on NYC, and examine Hamilton's pivotal role in shaping American independence. Join us as we unravel the threads connecting the past to America's present identity.

Eager to learn even more about American History? Check out this excerpt featuring an interview with Context Travel Guide, Benjamin Rubin

This autumn, C-SPAN is launching an exciting new program called "Books That Shaped America" in collaboration with the Library of Congress. This series will delve into influential works from American history that have left a lasting impact on our society. These books have stimulated critical thinking, topped bestseller lists, instigated significant shifts in public policies, and continue to be topics of discussion today.

Their series will span different periods in American history and showcase a diverse array of stories and authors. Among them are Thomas Paine's "Common Sense," Frederick Douglass's groundbreaking autobiography, Mark Twain's beloved "Huckleberry Finn," Willa Cather's "My Ántonia," Milton and Rose Friedman's "Free to Choose," and the powerful words of César Chávez.

Each program will include insightful studio discussions with guests, viewers' input and feedback, as well as visits to noteworthy locations across the country that are connected to these renowned books and their authors. Come along as we embark on a journey through these literary treasures that have helped shape the fabric of America. 

New episodes will air on Mondays at 9:00 PM ET on C-SPAN. Click here to stream each episode as it becomes available.