FINALLY. I don’t know how I got so behind… but here’s my post for CH. 15-19. It’s going to be on the short side so I can go right back to reading and maybe have a hope of posting on time for tomorrow.
- “The whole statistical basis of government took shape under his command.”
- I love that Hamilton basically looked at all of the things that Britain did and wanted to steal those methods for America. His point that when it came to needed guns/ammo/supplies to fight a war, we relied heavily on foreigner manufacturers was a VERY VALID POINT, SO SHUT UP JEFFERSON.
- Found the part about whether people would get money if they were issued IOU’s during wartime but sold them super interesting. And yeah, I agree with Hamilton’s decision there.
- Ham proposes the nation’s first real luxury taxes.
- Sad that it’s Madison vs. Hamilton time.
- Hamilton writes a report on basically every subject and I love this. I love that he takes an issue and just dissects the crap out of it.
- I wonder how our country would have turned out if Hamilton and others in the 1700’s hadn’t agreed to conveniently “shelve the slavery issue”. I’d love to see that alternate universe.
- Jefferson sounds like a wang with no sense of self-awareness. Good job, Lin-Manuel Miranda – spot on portrayal.
- Cabinet Battle #1 and The Room Where It Happens happen. Fun stuff.
- The part on paper money led to a very long, weird discussion between the honeyman and I about having a financial system that is/is not backed by precious metals (the gold standard).
- Getting really sick of Chernow’s shitty way that he talks about women. (check the #HamAlong on twitter)
- The section on Maria Reynolds wasn’t nearly as exciting as I was expecting it to be. Say No To This does a good job of that, I suppose. Since Chernow can’t seem to make up his mind and probably no one really knows, I’m going to think of her as a smooth con woman who was working with her husband to screw Hamilton over. I don’t think she saw Hamilton as “godlike”. (MAJOR SIDE-EYE, CHERNOW. MAJOR SIDE-EYE.)
- Aaaand then the rest of this seems to be how Hamilton has a knack for steadying the market and how he gets REALLY into manufacturing.
Okay, back to the book!