In her second novel, Cobbs, a writer, filmmaker, and now a research fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, traces the relationship of Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton, telling the life of the founder through the lens of a love story. The relationship was dramatic and controversial from the start: Hamilton was born illegitimate in St. Croix, while Eliza was the privileged daughter of an established New York family. Married in 1780, they had eight children; after Hamilton’s death in 1804, Eliza petitioned Congress for child support. She later founded New York’s first orphanage—becoming something of a founding mother.
Cobbs will be in conversation with Ruth Tam, a producer with The Kojo Nnamdi Show.
This event is part of the WAMU in Your Bookstore Series.