Hamilton was able to overcome significant disadvantages posed by social and financial barriers…because he possessed sufficient ambition and was enough of a self-starter. Yet even a superficial engagement with the historical Hamilton would reveal that for him the essential components of American society had nothing to do with enabling others access to the heights he had scaled with such impressive speed. Certainly his vision had nothing to do with democracy, a term that in his day mainly referred to radically populist ideas about social inequality, seething in the years leading up to and coming out of the Revolution, and just what Hamilton set out to defeat . None of the famous founders, except Thomas Paine, was a democrat; for all of their mutual conflicts, almost all agreed that participation in the electoral franchise should be limited to free white men of sufficient property and that standing for office should require even more property.
William Hogeland, “From Chernow’s Hamilton to Hamilton: An American Musical,” in Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, eds., Historians on Hamilton, 30-31.