America has gone Hamilton crazy. Lin-Manuel Mirandas Tony-winning musical has spawned sold-out performances, a triple platinum cast album, and a score so catchy that it is being used to teach U.S. history in classrooms across the country. But just how historically accurate is Hamilton? And how is the show itself making history?Historians on Hamiltonbrings together a collection of top scholars to explain the Hamilton phenomenon and explore what it might mean for our understanding of Americas history. The contributors examine what the musical got right, what it got wrong, and why it matters. Does Hamiltons hip-hop take on the Founding Fathers misrepresent our nations past, or does it offer a bold positive vision for our nations future? Can a musical so unabashedly contemporary and deliberately anachronistic still communicate historical truths about American culture and politics? And is Hamilton as revolutionary as its creators and many commentators claim? Perfect for students, teachers, theatre fans, hip-hop heads, and history buffs alike, these short and lively essays examine why Hamilton became an Obama-era sensation and consider its continued relevance in the age of Trump. Whether you are a fan or a skeptic, you will come away from this collection with a new appreciation for the meaning and importance of the Hamilton phenomenon....
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Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past Reviews
There are a lot of things to admire about this collection: voices from theatre historians, contemporary historians, and historians of 18th c. America; the absence of a critical orthodoxy that allows differing opinions to rise from various contributors; the persistent presence of race as an analytic without eliminating other analyses (gender, capital, celebrity); the logical framing of the essays themselves.
After a gracious preview from the editors, I used the collection in my American Drama cou ...more