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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture: Jackson vs Hamilton

Mar 15 6:30 PM - Mar 15 8:00 PM

The UF chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society (Beta Chapter of Florida) presents the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture with Dr. David F. Weiman, Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 Professor of Economics at Barnard College, on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30pm in the McKay Auditorium, Pugh Hall.

"Jackson vs Hamilton: Monetary Union and the Struggle over Political Economic Sovereignty"

The redesign of the U.S. currency has inadvertently rekindled a contentious political debate that dates from the very origins of the American Republic. The two main protagonists were Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, who famously sparred over constitutional reforms and the policies of the first Washington administration.

Its current version pits Hamilton (on the $10 bill) against Andrew Jackson (on the $20). Ironically, money was a central issue in the conflict between Hamilton and Jefferson and between Hamilton’s successors and Jackson.

This talk (or perhaps debate), proposes to revisit the “money” question in the early republic, and in doing so to complicate the current consensus for Hamilton and against Jackson, which may have more to do with Hamilton’s portrayal in the Broadway musical than with historical legacies of either man.

Reception to follow the lecture.

Contact: Melissa Johnson

Location: McKay Auditorium, Pugh Hall

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