Symposium, national traveling exhibition on Alexander Hamilton comes to AU March 7

AUBURN – A national traveling exhibition, “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America, ” will be on display in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University March 7 through April 15.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the library will host a symposium on Hamilton’s life and times on March 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the library’s Special Collections and Archives Department.

Hamilton served in the American Revolution; co-authored the Federalist Papers, which gained popular support for ratification of the United States Constitution; and served as Secretary of the Treasury during the administration of President George Washington.

The symposium will feature AU historians Kathryn Braund, Anthony Carey, Jennifer Newman and Abigail Swingen. They will discuss topics such as slavery in the United States during Hamilton’s times; relations between the federal government and Indians during that period; British interests in the New World during the early national period; and the arrest of Aaron Burr, who killed Hamilton in a duel. The symposium is funded by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibition was organized by the New York Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Library Association and has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Locally, both the exhibition and the symposium are sponsored by the AU libraries and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities and the History Department in the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts.

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