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Alexander Hamilton's Early Life
Alexander Hamilton had a difficult early life. But he was able to use what he learned growing up to guide his adult life. This video describes Hamilton's early struggles. As you watch it, think about the skills and lessons he learned that might have helped him later in life.
Click on the left to watch the video.
As you have seen in the video, Alexander Hamilton worked for a trading company when he was a teenager. There he learned about trade, business, and working with currency—money. He wrote newspaper articles and poetry. He also read many books about the great leaders of Greece and Rome.
Write down two to three things that Alexander Hamilton accomplished—did with success—in his youth. Then write down one to two skills he learned from his early experiences that would have been useful to him when he helped create the new U.S. government.