I have yet to see the Hamilton movie on Disney+. We are hoping to watch it as a family next week. This weekend I have been getting flashbacks as I watch historians taking to Twitter to place the musical in historical context.
I saw “Hamilton” on Broadway last December, but I am eager to watch it performed with the original cast. I love everything about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece, but after teaching a course titled “The Age of Hamilton” in Fall 2019, reading multiple books on the life of the first Treasury Secretary, and listening to the soundtrack on repeat for months, I grew a little tired of all the Hamilton mania. (An editor even asked me if I was interested in writing a religious biography of Hamilton).
So I am not going to write anything original here at the blog. But if you are interested in digging deeper into the life of Alexander Hamilton, here are some resources from previous posts. They are filled with links. Enjoy!
The Hamilton Education Program (EduHam) is available through the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History until August.
This was a fun quarantine video from the cast.
Annie cried at the end of the “Age of Hamilton.”
And here is Annie at the start of the semester.
Ron Chernow, the author of the Hamilton biography that inspired the musical, spoke at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Julianne Johnson wrote for us about a session on the musical at the 2018 meeting of the Organization of American Historians.
Reeve Hutson offers some suggestions for how to build a course around the musical.
I posted this during hurricane season in 2017.
A comparison of “Hamilton” and “1776”
The Journal of the Early Republic put together a roundtable of historians to reflect on “Hamilton.”
Joe Adelman writes about how he brought the soundtrack to his classroom.
Annette Gordon-Reed reviews the musical.
Peter Manseau discusses the role of religion in “Hamilton”
Sportswriter Joe Posnanski and his daughter saw the musical on Broadway.
How the musical spurred a renewed interest in the first Secretary of the Treasury.
Abigail Adams was not a big Alexander Hamilton fan.
Karen Wulf considers “Hamilton” as part of the genre of “founding histories.”
Hamilton scholar Joanne Freeman reviews the musical.
A group of historians attended Hamilton on Broadway in the summer of 2015.
Thomas Jefferson as the villain.
Ben Carp reviews the musical.
In Episode 68 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast, historian Lindsay Chervinsky talked about Hamilton’s role in the first presidential cabinet.
Ron Chernow thought that Alexander Hamilton would have endorsed the impeachment of Donald Trump.
Annie’s research paper in my “Age of Hamilton” course dealt with his deathbed conversion.
I also brought the musical into my U.S. history survey course.
Thanks to Kyra Yoder for making this poster for my “Age of Hamilton” class.
Kate Brown, an expert on Hamilton’s legal career, visited the Author’s Corner.
Andrew Shankman, an expert on Hamilton’s view of the U.S. Constitution, visited the Author’s Corner.
Did “Hamilton” make “founders chic” acceptable?
Lin-Manuel Miranda gave the plenary address at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic.
Here is what happened to me on the first day of my “Age of Hamilton” class. (Hint: It has nothing to do with Alexander Hamilton).
Broadway expert Seth Rudesky deconstructs “The Schuyler Sisters.”