Hamilton vs. Jefferson

"Leaders of the Continental Congress," an engraving of Adams, Morris, Hamilton, and Jefferson

"Leaders of the Continental Congress," an engraving of Adams, Morris, Hamilton, and Jefferson

Project on Democracy and Capitalism

Hamilton vs. Jefferson

Frank Cogliano, Joanne B. Freeman, Scott C. Miller (moderator), Laurent Dubois (introduction)

Monday, March 18, 2024
5:30PM - 6:45PM (EDT)
Event Details

Did Hamilton and Jefferson believe that democracy and capitalism could coexist in America?

Two of the world’s leading historians on Hamilton and Jefferson—Joanne Freeman (Yale University) and Frank Cogliano (University of Edinburgh)—examine the founders’ views of the relationship between political freedom and the means of economic well-being. Hamilton's and Jefferson’s complex views on democracy and capitalism and their different visions for these institutions continue to catalyze American and global society to this day.

This event is presented by the Miller Center's Project on Democracy and Capitalism and the Karsh Institute of Democracy's John L. Nau III History & Principles of Democracy Lab.

Monday, March 18, 2024
5:30PM - 6:45PM (EDT)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA
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Frank Cogliano

Frank Cogliano, professor of American history and international dean for North America at the University of Edinburgh, studies the political, cultural, and diplomatic history of revolutionary and early national America. He is author or editor of Emperor of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson’s Foreign Policy (2014), A Companion to Thomas Jefferson (2011), and Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy (2006), among other publications. Cogliano runs a week-long seminar on the "Age of Jefferson" for schoolteachers at Monticello and serves on the advisory board of Monticello's International Center for Jefferson Studies. He holds an MA and PhD in history from Boston University.

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Joanne B. Freeman

Joanne B. Freeman, professor of history at Yale University, studies the political and cultural history of early national and antebellum America. She is the author of the prize-winning Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic; editor of Alexander Hamilton: Writings and The Essential Hamilton; and co-editor (with Johann Neem) of Jeffersonian Republicans in Power, 1800-1824. Her most recent book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War, explores physical violence in the U.S. Congress between 1830 and the Civil War. Long devoted to public-minded history, she writes and speaks about history, politics, and democracy in podcasts, webcasts, and a host of major media outlets. She was president of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic from 2021-2022 and is a fellow of the Society of American Historians. Freeman holds an MA and PhD in American history from the University of Virginia.

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Scott C. Miller (moderator)

Scott C. Miller is the director of the Miller Center's Project on Democracy and Capitalism and an assistant professor at the Miller Center. From 2019 to 2021, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in economic and business history at the Yale School of Management’s International Center for Finance. As an economic historian, Miller examines the development of modern economic systems, particularly during periods of instability and volatility. He is the author or co-author of numerous scholarly papers on economic history, financial crises, and the interplay between societal and economic change. He also has written or co-written 10 case studies on financial crises and economic development.

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Laurent Dubois (introduction)

Laurent Dubois is the academic director of the Karsh Institute of Democracy and a professor of history at the University of Virginia. He is a specialist on the history and culture of the Atlantic world and has published several award-winning books, including A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804, winner of the Frederick Douglass Prize; and Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2012. His writings on the politics of music, history, and sports—soccer in particular—have appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate and Sports Illustrated.