BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at Virginia Humanities. There’s the history you had to learn, and the history you want to learn - that’s where BackStory comes in. Each week BackStory takes a topic that people are talking about and explores it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversations with our listeners, BackStory makes histo ...
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Alexander Hamilton's Great Falls in Paterson, NJ #CreoleHamilton The Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton” – Special airs Friday Oct. 21, 2016 on PBS Visit Hamilton's statue at The Great Falls in Paterson NJ! Vaughn McKoy, Esq. a Patersonian and PSEG corporate lawyer successfully advocated for the restoration of The Great Falls In Paterson, NJ. It is now a National Historic Site! After the Revolutionary War ended, Alexander Hamilton began promoting his views on the economic needs of the new nation. He was concerned over the lack of industry in the United States; during colonial times, it was prohibited by English law. Hamilton believed that a strong industrial system was the best way to help the United States gain financial independence and become a world power. The Great Falls was chosen because it was an imposing testament to the force of nature. In 1792, his organization purchased 700 acres of land above and below the Great Falls and established the city of Paterson, N.J.