Origin Stories: Alexander Hamilton and His Enemies


Hogeland speaking at Federal Hall, NYC

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William Hogeland speaks and writes on a variety of American history topics, with a special focus on the all-important conflicts between Alexander Hamilton — bent on founding the United States as a dynamic, expansive, world-dominating phenomenon — and the working-class populists of the day, who demanded democratic regulation of American wealth. Political fights we’re having today over taxation, debt, banking, Wall Street, equality, regulation, distribution — fights over money — have their origins in this foundational clash, which grew literally violent in the 1790’s.

Hogeland has been telling these stories to responsive audiences since 2006. Lately, with the success of “Hamilton: an American Musical,” his services have been in even greater demand for corporate conferences and other organizations and events.

Hogeland speaks on other founding-history matters as well — from the unnamed first war the United States ever fought to the hardball backroom politics that brought about the Declaration of Independence. He has given talks for such institutions and groups as the Federal Bankrupty Judges National Workshop, Worldwide Fund for Nature Board of Directors Annual Meeting, Citrin Cooperman Accountants and Advisors, Kings County Distilling, World Affairs Council of Dallas, National Archives, Museum of American Finance History, Historic Philadelphia, John Adams National Historic Park, Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Free Library of Philadelphia, Kansas City Public Library, Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Society for American Music Annual Conference, American Historical Association Annual Conference, CUNY Gotham Center, Bostonian Society, National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (national conference, Aspen), and many others.

He has also served as a history consultant for “The Daily Show” and appeared on PBS TV “History Detectives,” CBS TV “Good Morning, America,” C-SPAN “Book TV,” PCN “PA Books,” “Salon’s Facebook Live,” Minnesota Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, Fox News Radio, and many other broadcast, cable, and online shows and channels.

Hogeland is the critically acclaimed author of the narrative-history trilogy Wild Early Republic, bringing to life for general readers the startling impulses driving the American founding and the elemental conflicts that are often ignored. The trilogy is composed of The Whiskey Rebellion (Simon & Schuster); Declaration (Simon & Schuster); and Autumn of the Black Snake (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), which spent three weeks on the indie-bookstore bestseller list and was a finalist for the Army History Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award.

Hogeland’s study Founding Finance is published by University of Texas Press; his collection of essays on public history, Inventing American History, is a Boston Review Book published by MIT University Press. He is the author of the chapter on insurrections in A Blackwell Companion to American Military History and the chapter on Ron Chernow’s widely read biography in Historians on Hamilton (Rutgers University Press). His forthcoming book on the extremes that Hamilton went to in bringing about the national finance scheme, and Thomas Jefferson’s furious, failed effort to undo that scheme, is now under contract to Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

WH PP“For William Hogeland, thinking about history is an act of moral inquiry and high citizenship. A searching and original voice.”
Rick Perlstein

“Conjures up a lively post-Revolutionary world.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Insight, verve and an eye for the telling detail. A complex reading of minds and motivations.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Makes the great men seem all too human.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Political maneuvering of the kind that would make [a political] strategist’s mouth water.”
The Washington Times

“Full of smart, unsettling observations that will enlighten — and discomfort — liberals and conservatives alike.”
Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia