United States celebrates the people who helped build our nation and our independence every July 4th. Get up close to one of the founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton and learn about his contributions to the United States with a selection of videos in PBS LearningMedia. From Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award winning production of Hamilton to Great Performances videos, use these videos to learn about both the award winning production and the history of U.S. independence.
During the Revolutionary War, Hamilton was Washington’s right hand man. From helping with war strategy to leading in battle, Hamilton was an integral aid in Washington’s success. Learn about Washington and Hamilton’s relationship with the following video clip.
After the end of the Revolutionary War, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay wrote the Federalist Papers, 85 essays encouraging the ratification of the United States Constitution. These essays defined why and how the government ought to run in a certain way. Most notably, the essays layout ways of preventing against tyranny of the majority, they implement a system of judicial review, and establish a system of political checks and balances. Use this video to learn about foundational tenets of the American political system.