Why did Hamilton meet Burr in a fatal duel? He’d just thwarted Burr’s election as New York governor, and he was back at the helm of the Federalist Party, yet he responded to Burr’s taunt over a vague insult. Hamilton’s Choice delves beneath the usual historical explanations to reveal a deep, psychological and very personal reason that sent Hamilton, heedless of danger to himself and his family, to face death on the field of honor.
Into the Heartland
American’s first major public work, the Erie Canal, opens a vast heartland to settlement and commerce. An eastern heiress and a Great Lakes ship captain find true love as they work to realize DeWitt Clinton’s dream of a 350-mile waterway joining Lake Erie to the Hudson River.
Kateri: A Beacon in the Wilderness
A scarred, crippled Mohawk virgin transcends the brutality of her culture, and embraces Catholicism with such fervor that the Vatican canonizes her three centuries later as the first Native American saint.
The Trial of Bat Shea
An anti-Irish hate group infiltrates the criminal justice system to railroad a young Irish thug to the electric chair after an election day murder. This true story, based on a sensational 1894 murder trial, is told as a novel, a screenplay and stage play with 12 dramatic songs.