Reforming Republicanism: Alexander Hamilton's Theory of Republican Citizenship and Press Liberty

  title={Reforming Republicanism: Alexander Hamilton's Theory of Republican Citizenship and Press Liberty},
  author={Robert W. T. Martin},
  journal={Journal of the Early Republic},
  pages={21 - 46}
During his life and ever since, Alexander Hamilton has been criticized as an opponent of republicanism, even a closet monarchist. Recent scholarly efforts to rescue Hamilton from these interpretations have succeeded perhaps too well, making him out to be a moderate, mainstream republican of his day. This essay assesses Hamilton's public performance during the late 1780s and 1790s as a defender of a particular federalist vision of republicanism. Drawing on a central conceptual divide over the… 
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