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America has gone Hamilton crazy. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 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 Hamilton brings together a collection of top scholars to explain the Hamilton phenomenon and explore what it might mean for our understanding of America’s history. The contributors examine what the musical got right, what it got wrong, and why it matters. Does Hamilton’s hip-hop take on the Founding Fathers misrepresent our nation’s past, or does it offer a bold positive vision for our nation’s 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Half Title, Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: History Is Happening in Manhattan
  2. Renee C. Romano, Claire Bond Potter
  3. pp. 1-14
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  1. Act I: The Script
  1. 1. From Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton to Hamilton: An American Musical
  2. William Hogeland
  3. pp. 17-41
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  1. 2. “Can We Get Back to Politics? Please?”: Hamilton’s Missing Politics in Hamilton
  2. Joanne B. Freeman
  3. pp. 42-57
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  1. 3. Race-Conscious Casting and the Erasure of the Black Past in Hamilton
  2. Lyra D. Monteiro
  3. pp. 58-70
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  1. 4. The Greatest City in the World?: Slavery in New York in the Age of Hamilton
  2. Leslie M. Harris
  3. pp. 71-93
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  1. 5. “Remember . . . I’m Your Man”: Masculinity, Marriage, and Gender in Hamilton
  2. Catherine Allgor
  3. pp. 94-116
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  1. Act II: The Stage
  1. 6. “The Ten-Dollar Founding Father”: Hamilton, Money, and Federal Power
  2. Michael O’Malley
  3. pp. 119-136
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  1. 7. Hamilton as Founders Chic: A Neo-Federalist, Antislavery, Usable Past?
  2. David Waldstreicher, Jeffrey L. Pasley
  3. pp. 137-166
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  1. 8. Hamilton and the American Revolution on Stage and Screen
  2. Andrew M. Schocket
  3. pp. 167-186
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  1. 9. From The Black Crook to Hamilton: A Brief History of Hot Tickets on Broadway
  2. Elizabeth L. Wollman
  3. pp. 187-221
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  1. 10. Looking at Hamilton from Inside the Broadway Bubble
  2. Brian Eugenio Herrera
  3. pp. 222-246
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  1. Act III: The Audience
  1. 11. Mind the Gap: Teaching Hamilton
  2. Jim Cullen
  3. pp. 249-259
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  1. 12. Reckoning with America’s Racial Past, Present, and Future in Hamilton
  2. Patricia Herrera
  3. pp. 260-276
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  1. 13. Who Tells Your Story?: Hamilton as a People’s History
  2. Joseph M. Adelman
  3. pp. 277-296
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  1. 14. Hamilton: A New American Civic Myth
  2. Renee C. Romano
  3. pp. 297-323
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  1. 15. “Safe in the Nation We’ve Made”: Staging Hamilton on Social Media
  2. Claire Bond Potter
  3. pp. 324-350
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  1. Appendix: “Hamilton: A Musical Inquiry” Course Syllabus
  2. Jim Cullen
  3. pp. 351-360
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. 361-376
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 377-380
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 381-384
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 385-400
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813590332
Related ISBN
9780813590301
MARC Record
OCLC
1035633093
Pages
396
Launched on MUSE
2018-05-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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