Alexander Hamilton was a much more controversial figure than the phenomenally popular Broadway musical show has made him to be. He was anti-slavery but more of a manumissionist (voluntary release of slaves) than an abolitionist (advocacy for emancipation). He married into the wealthy Schuyler family who owned slaves and as a lawyer helped them with transactions related to purchases of more slaves. Many scholars have pointed out that "Hamilton ultimately accepted protecting slavery in the Constitution to solidify the union of the North and the South…”(Ankeet Ball). He was also not the anticipated advocate for immigrants even though he was one himself. When Jefferson was elected president and proposed to loosen citizenship requirements, the historian Joanne Freeman wrote that "Hamilton protested, fretting about the corruption of national character.”
(Schuessler, Jennifer. “’Hamilton’ and the Historical Record: Frequently Asked Questions,” New York Times, 6 July 2020).