On a moonless Autumn night, a young Alexander Hamilton charged ahead of his troops in a midnight assault against the British fortifications at Yorktown. With fixed bayonets, Hamilton captured the critical Redoubt No.10 by cold steel and courage alone, helping to win the battle and end the war.

Had Hamilton been cut down that night, he would still deserve the praise of our nation. Because he survived, that he continued to serve in the Founding, Hamilton deserves the admiration of all history.

Today on The Federalist Radio Hour, Ben Domenech offers a primer on America’s youngest and perhaps most important Founding Father.

An immigrant bastard turned self-made statesman, Hamilton deserves more than just a ten-dollar bill. He deserves our fond reverence.

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