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June 2002

Nanny's Ride

A Spirit Forged in Fire

This June my family and I will gather together to mark the hundredth anniversary of a tragedy. On June 15, 1904, my great-grandmother (we called her Nanny) Catherine Connelly, then 11 years old, boarded the excursion steamer General Slocum along with her mother, Veronica, her 10-year-old brother, Walter, and her year-old sister, Regina. They were setting out on a church-picnic trip up Long Island Sound.

The Self Made Founder

Alexander Hamilton conceived an America that encouraged huge successes like his own 

The eighteenth century was an aristocratic age, even in relatively egalitarian America. The elite were the major landowners in the plantation colonies, such as Thomas Jefferson, and the great merchants in port cities, such as John Hancock.