Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father by Jonathan Hennessey

Brynn McGinn

4 Stars

December 30, 2017

Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father by Jonathan Hennessey is as detailed in narration as it is in illustration. Every moment of Hamilton's life from birth to death is meticulously recorded in this graphic novel of a biography. Besides being an overwhelming source of information on Hamilton's life, the graphic novel also provides interesting insight (and some facts previously unknown to me) into some other key figures in American history such as George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Benedict Arnold, etc.


Hamilton, the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is all the rage right now (though I have yet to see it), so this book would be a great recommendation for fans or anyone who is a history buff. The higher level vocabulary (much of it a bit old-fashioned and/or political jargon) makes this graphic novel more appropriate for high school than middle school if you are thinking of using it in the classroom.


The graphic novel or excerpts of it could be paired with a unit in an American history course focused on the events leading up to the Revolutionary War and the decisions made afterward that shaped our government and economy (Hamilton lived from 1755 or 57 until 1804). Hamilton played a pivotal role in convincing colonists to join the fight for freedom, and was an active participant in the Revolutionary War, instrumental in the promotion of the Constitution, and key in establishing national financial stability.