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Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past
edited by Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter
contributions by Michael O'Malley, David Waldstreicher, Jeffrey L. Pasley, Andrew M. Schocket, Elizabeth L. Wollman, Brian Eugenio Herrera, Jim Cullen, Joseph M. Adelman, Patricia Herrera, Renee C. Romano, Claire Bond Potter, William Hogeland, Joanne B. Freeman, Lyra D. Monteiro, Leslie M. Harris and Catherine Allgor
Rutgers University Press, 2018
Paper: 978-0-8135-9030-1 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-9033-2
Library of Congress Classification ML410.M67976H57 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 782.14

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.

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