By Johnny Oleksinski. July 3, pm Updated March 1, pm. How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean start a major daily newspaper? Alexander Hamilton was a scrappy immigrant from Saint Kitts and Nevis. A prolific writer, he composed 51 of the Federalist Papers, but then a scandalous affair scuttled his chances for a political future.
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So I thought it was a smart choice to incorporate that kind of thing in order to bridge the gap between their world and ours. To that end, he researched the 18th century paintings of John Trumbull as well as the mash-up fashions of Alexander McQueen , John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier and the satiric portraits of Kehinde Wiley, who depicted men and women of color in re-creations of classic portraits. The first eureka came through the budget limitations imposed by the Public Theater readings. Most important, no wigs. The success of the workshop resulted in two guiding principles: First, period from the neck down and modern from the neck up; and second, strip away all the embroidered detail of the 18th century so the audience could move past the distraction of artifice to the story itself. It also informed how they were playing the roles.
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A man whose wit was matched only by the looseness of his tongue, the combative John Adams quickly acquired a hefty reputation for articulate jabs and razor-sharp put-downs at the expense of his allies and numerous rivals alike, including some of the most celebrated figures in American history Bob Dole once described him as "an eighteenth-century Don Rickles". Here are some of his best zingers. His ambition, his restlessness and all his grandiose schemes come, I'm convinced, from a superabundance of secretions, which he couldn't find enough whores to absorb! Hamilton certainly wasn't above returning the fire. For more on their relationship, head here.
The illegitimate son of a Scottish immigrant father and a British West Indian mother who happened to be married to someone else , Alexander Hamilton was born on the Caribbean island of Nevis on January Hamilton himself claimed that he had been born in , but official documents from Nevis list the year as Debate over this discrepancy has continued for more than two centuries, but most modern scholars agree that Hamilton likely changed his birth year intentionally.