Hamilton’s America

Many critics and admirers of Hamilton have focused on whether Lin Manuel Miranda got the history of one of the founding fathers right, but the more important question is why Miranda thought Hamilton would be a good figure for understanding the United States in the twenty-first century.

Lecture Description

In this lecture, Cadava focuses not on whether the hit musical, Hamilton, gets history right, but, rather, on why Lin Manuel Miranda – Puerto Rican, raised in New York – was drawn to the figure of Alexander Hamilton as a way of explaining how the United States became the country it is today.


Politics Visual and Performing Arts

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