Expert Speaker on Hamilton and the Founding


Hogeland speaking on Hamilton at Federal Hall, NYC, 2018

To discuss speaking schedules and fees: hogeland dot william at gmail dot com.

William Hogeland speaks and writes on a variety of American history topics — with a special focus on the little-explored, all-important creative period of Alexander Hamilton, when Hamilton was breaking norms and beating odds to bring about the creation of the United States as an industrially dynamic, economically viable, militarily expansive, world-dominating phenomenon. Impressive, unsettling, aggressive, sometimes reckless, this is the Hamilton who nearly singlehandedly used novel, still controversial approaches to debt, taxation, and banking — money! — to found the American nation as an economic powerhouse.

Hogeland has been telling the real Hamilton story to responsive audiences since 2006; lately, with the success of “Hamilton: an American Musical,” his services have been in even greater demand for groups, schools, 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 National Archives, the Museum of American Finance History, Citrin Cooperman Accountants and Advisors, the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, Historic Philadelphia, the John Adams National Historic Park, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Kansas City Public Library, Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, the World Affairs Council of Dallas, the Society for American Music Annual Conference, the American Historical Association Annual Conference, CUNY’s Gotham Center, the Bostonian Society, and Kings County Distilling.

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 startling impulses and conflicts driving the American founding, 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