|Melissa Harris-Perry, a professor and Elle.com editor-at-large, playing for Girls for Gender Equity
||David Gregory, CNN political analyst and author of “How’s Your Faith”, playing for Martha’s Table
||Matthew Weiner, the series creator and executive producer of “Mad Men”, playing for Alexandria House
We predicted this a mile away on #JeopardyLivePanel a few weeks back — we all knew that MAD MEN was going to be a category name!
Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Final Jeopardy! category: U.S. HISTORY
Final Jeopardy! clue: In 1790 a deal made Washington the nation’s capital; the room where it happened was at Jefferson’s house & negotiators included Madison & this cabinet member
Who is Alexander Hamilton?
Melissa 5000 + 1000 = 6000 ($10,000)
David 5800 + 5800 = 11600 ($11,600)
Matthew 12600 + 900 = 13500 ($50,000)
My brain, when I saw this Final? Click-boom.
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With regards to this Final Jeopardy, from the National Archives, about the Compromise of 1790:
On June 20, 1790, when Congress was temporarily meeting in New York City, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson hosted a dinner. In attendance were Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Representative from Virginia James Madison.
Back in January 1790, Hamilton had given his “First Report on Public Credit” to Congress. One of the most contentious issues in the report was Hamilton’s recommendation that the Federal Government assume the states’ substantial Revolutionary War debts.
At the same time, Congress had been at a standstill over the location of the permanent capital. Although the Constitution mandated a seat of the Federal Government, it had not specified an exact location. Congress, over the course of its first year, had considered more than a dozen potential locations.
Hence the dinner meeting. Key was a bargain in which Madison agreed not to block assumption of state debt and convince enough southern members to support it. In exchange, Congress would first pass legislation locating the capital city on the Potomac, after a 10-year temporary move to Philadelphia.
And, of course, it led to the song from “Hamilton”: The Room Where It Happens.
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