ITS will be assisting students at Ingram Library this week, September 9 – 13, from 11am-1pm! Get help with any issues you’re having with gmail, connectWest, BanWeb, Resnet, and wireless internet connections for your personal laptops and smartphones! This service will be located inside the library at a table near Starbucks. Stop by to get help with all of your computer-related issues!
On Tuesday, September 17, at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Keith Pacholl, UWG Associate Professor of History and a specialist in Early American history, will present the Constitution Day program, “Alexander Hamilton: Writing and Ratifying the Constitution.” The program will be held at Ingram Library.
Alexander Hamilton played a leading role in bringing about the Constitutional Convention in 1787, served as a delegate to the Convention, and played a pivotal role in New York’s ratification of the new Constitution. Next to George Washington, Hamilton was the single most important figure in the establishment of the American Republic.
Special public parking will be provided in the Townsend Center gated lot, beginning at 10:00 a.m. For further information on Constitution Day, please visit http://libguides.westga.edu/constitution?hs=a
This program is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Planning, the Murphy Center for Public Service, and Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society. For further information, please contact email@example.com or (678) 839-5337.
Two centuries after his death, Alexander Hamilton is with us every day. He is in our wallets on the $10 bill. But he is with us in another sense. Alexander Hamilton shaped the political, financial, and legal systems of the young United States, laying the groundwork for what later generations would see as America’s modern urban, capitalistic, industrial nation state.
Unlike most of the Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton was an immigrant. Born on Nevis and raised in St. Croix, Hamilton grew up in the heart of the Caribbean sugar economy which generated vast wealth from slave labor. Recognizing the injustice of slavery, Hamilton would later become a leader in the anti-slavery movement in the United States.
Immigrating to New York while in his late teens, Hamilton attended what now is Columbia University before serving in the War of Independence as an aide-de-camp to General George Washington. He fought in seven major battles, including the Revolution’s climactic battle at Yorktown. Following the war, he played a leading role in bringing about the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and securing the ratification of the new Constitution.
Alexander Hamilton, a brilliant self-taught economist, served President Washington between 1790 and 1795 as the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury. The economic system that he championed—and attained—was pivotal in retiring the infant nation’s crushing wartime debt, establishing our system of finance, enhancing the nation’s commerce, and putting the new nation on the path to industrialization. Next to George Washington, Alexander Hamilton was the single most important figure in the establishment of the American Republic. Their collaboration shaped the new government.
Hamilton’s economic program aroused great opposition. The decade of the 1790s was one of intense partisanship, with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison leading the Democratic-Republican Party’s opposition to Hamilton’s initiatives. Hamilton led the Federalist Party, which dominated Congress throughout most of the decade.
Hamilton made several political blunders late in the decade and the tumultuous election of 1800. He had lost much of his influence by 1804 when he died in a duel with Aaron Burr, the Vice President of the United States.
Image courtesy of The Gilder Lehrman Collection.
The University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library will host the national traveling exhibition Alexander Hamilton: The Man who Made Modern America from September 16 through October 14. As a member of the Constitutional Convention and the first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton was more responsible than any other Founder for the modern America in which we now live. This exhibit, produced by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the New York Historical Society, and the American Library Association, examines Hamilton’s legacy and his vision for the nation through the documents he wrote and published, the institutions he shaped, and the conflicts that made him notorious in his time.
In addition, the Ingram Library will have on exhibit original items concerning Alexander Hamilton from the collection of Brian D. Hardison, a local attorney and judge from Dallas, Georgia, and his wife, Cynthia Wadsworth Hardison. On display will be books, pamphlets, original documents and letters, and a duplicate set of the dueling pistols used by Hamilton and Burr in the most famous duel in American history. The Hardison Collection was on exhibit last year in Manhattan and then at the University of Georgia.
These exhibits related to the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton will be on display in the Ingram Library from September 16 through October 14 and will include three programs about Hamilton by prominent historians. The exhibition and programs are free and open to the public. On Tuesday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Keith Pacholl, UWG Associate Professor of History and a specialist in Early American history, will present “Alexander Hamilton: Writing and Ratifying the Constitution.” On Tuesday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m., Dr. John Ferling, UWG Professor Emeritus of History and the author of Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry that Forged a Nation, to be published this fall by Bloomsbury Press, will speak on “Alexander Hamilton: Vision, Leadership, Ruin.” On Monday, September 30, at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Joanne Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, author of Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, and an authority on dueling in early America, will present a program on “Dueling as Politics: The Burr-Hamilton Duel.” All three programs will be presented in Ingram Library. Special public parking will be available in the Townsend Center gated lot beginning one hour prior to each program.
Two centuries after his death, Alexander Hamilton is with us every day. He is in our wallets on the $10 bill. But he is with us in another sense. Alexander Hamilton shaped the political, financial, and legal systems of the young United States, laying the groundwork for what later generations would see as America’s modern urban, capitalistic, industrial nation state. For a brief biographical sketch of Hamilton, please see http://uwglibrary.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/alexander-hamilton-in-brief/.Hamilton.
The exhibit and presentations are presented by Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society, and are supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.
Parking on the UWG campus is unrestricted on Saturdays and Sundays (other than handicapped, reserved, yellow curb, and red curb spaces). For further information, contact Catherine Hendricks at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 839-5337.
Image: Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull. Courtesy of The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.
From Rural Roots to Global Reach was the centennial theme of the University of West Georgia in 2007. In 1907, this campus opened as the 4th District A&M School, a high school of sorts with a heavy emphasis on practical skills such as domestic science for girls, and farming and mechanical arts for boys.
Despite the practical lessons, the school had a sports program and two literary societies, a debate team, and a band. Students also studied English, math, geography, and history.
A new exhibit on the Ground Floor of Ingram Library highlights the history of the A&M school, which closed its doors in 1933 and reopened the following fall as West Georgia College. Drawing on collections donated by former A&M students, the exhibit will run through September 2013.
A drop-in reception to mark the opening of the papers of former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr will be held Wednesday, May 15, from 2 to 3:30 pm in the Thomas B. Murphy Reading Room of Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia. The event celebrates the completion of a two and a half year project by the Special Collections department to process Barr’s collection and make it available for research.
Barr and Dr. Beheruz Sethna will make opening remarks at 2 pm as well as Dr. Daniel Williams, Associate Professor of History, who will talk about the conservative Congress of the 1990s as context for Barr’s collection. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Barr served four terms from 1995 to 2003 representing the 7th District. During his tenure, he was a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, vice chair of the Government Reform Committee, and member of the Committees on Financial Services and Veterans Affairs.
One of his lasting legacies came from his activities on the Judiciary Committee in developing a case against President Clinton for impeachable offenses. More recently, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the legality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which Barr authored while in Congress. Barr donated his Congressional papers to the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections in 2010. He recently has announced his intention to run for the Congressional seat vacated by Dr. Phil Gingrey this year.
For more information, contact Suzanne K. Durham, Head of Special Collections, at email@example.com or 678-839-5350.