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Conversation with Bill Shaffer | The Scandalous Hamiltons

Conversation with Bill Shaffer | The Scandalous Hamiltons



Join us online for a conversation with Bill Shaffer, author of The Scandalous Hamiltons: A Gilded Age Grifter, a Founding Fathers Disgraced Descendant, and a Trial at the Dawn of Tabloid Journalism, a story almost too tawdry to be true.

An Alexander Hamilton heir, a beautiful female con artist, an abandoned baby, and the shocking courtroom drama that was splashed across front pages from coast to coast—this is the fascinating true story behind one of the greatest scandals of the Gilded Age, and the story that gave rise to the sensational tabloid journalism still driving so much of the news cycle in the 21st century. Through personal correspondence, court records, and sensational newspaper accounts, The Scandalous Hamiltons explores not only the full, riveting saga of ill-fated Evangeline and Robert Ray Hamilton, but the rise of tabloid journalism and celebrity in a story that is both a fascinating slice of pop culture history and a timeless tale of ambition, greed, and obsession.

Bill Shaffer is the author of Emotion In Motion: 55 Baranger Displays. He has been published on designobserver.com and the online site of Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, where he was a Smithsonian Fellow. Shaffer has also worked as a Research Assistant for Paul Goldberger on his latest book, Ballpark: Baseball in The American City, and for Laura Auricchio’s contribution to A True Friend of The Cause: Lafayette and the Antislavery Movement. He holds an M.A., History of Design and Curatorial Studies from Parsons, The New School.

We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

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Thursday, October 13, 2022
5:00pm - 6:00pm Eastern Time
Zoom Meeting
Lewes Public Library
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