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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 phenomeno A wonderful book of essays about the Hamilton musical some dealing with the historical accuracy of the play others looking at the interest the play has stirred up with people wanting to learn about the founding of our country and a bit of Broadway history about how musicals have changed over the years The essays were interesting and I learned much I think this is well worth reading even if the play wasn t seen

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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 US 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 As a fan of the Broadway show Hamilton I ve actually been looking forward to seeing some legitimate criticism of the show from a historical perspective It s always interesting to see the opposite side to uestion the media you love One of the best articles I had read on the subject is featured in this book the essay on the subject of the lack of POC stories in this musical that is still telling white stories regardless of the actors There are at least three enslaved men I can name that could have featured into this story easily but do not appear in the musical Why Well that s something these essays tackle We can love this show but taking it as historically factual is a problem If anything these essays talk about how the problem of Founder Chic makes it hard to criticize these men when they have become so popular because of a very very catchy soundtrack Is the musical insulating the actual people Is it really encouraging viewers to think about the real Hamilton Is it doing a deliberate disservice when it fails to mention that the men weren t abolitionists and all owned slaves while their Broadway counterparts say that they were opposed to the practice The first few essays discuss Hamilton from a historical perspective but then the book veers into territory about how Hamilton relates to Broadway and theatre and how we teach history which feels off topic to me as a reader although the essays are interesting Hopefully Hamilton the musical will led kids to A People s History of the United States as one essayist notes instead of taking Miranda s lyrics as gospel We can love something but if we aren t also critical of it especially in this context we re still lying to ourselves This is a good book of essays It could be much better though I await a better version in the future when the fervor over the musical dies down and criticism becomes less of a blasphemy The Weirdest Noob (The Weirdest Noob it WeVe Only Just Begun is being used to teach US history Real Estate Mistakes in classrooms across the country But just how historically accurate Computer Network Time Synchronization is Hamilton And how Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is the show Ignition itself making history Historians on Hamilton brings together a collection of top scholars to explain the Hamilton phenomenon and explore what Mitologii subiective it As a fan of the Broadway show Hamilton I ve actually been looking forward to seeing some legitimate criticism of the show from a historical perspective It s always Between Heaven and Mirth 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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 For the record I am a mad Hamilton fan who has for the last almost three years been besotted with Lin Manuel Miranda s magnum opus so this review is born out of a desire to delve further into the cultural phenomenon of the Broadway musical with a sidebar nod to my love of history Thankfully even with a position of bias predicating a positive outlook on this book in the first place as well as having come to it via an excellent New Books Network podcast here I can state that Historians on Hamilton is an excellent collation of essays that exceeds expectationsBefore discussing individual contributions and chapters I would like to comment on how this book meets two specific goals with aplomb and pleasure The first is an examination of Hamilton as a modern theatrical production as historical and cultural artefact This may be through the lens of Hamilton being considered in the context of the Broadway or generally American musical tradition or as a product of its time and specifically of an era when social media and other forms of online engagement and connectivity has helped spread its message Akin to this examination is the discussion of Hamilton within contemporary political perspectives and narratives Historians on Hamilton brings together some highly penetrating and intellectually satisfying assessments of the musical so that one can contextualise it not just as a wildly popular Broadway show but as a highly meaningful moment in a contemporary conversation between American art and the wider historical and socio cultural constructionsThe second goal of the book which is linked to the first is that of attempting to decode and present theses on the historiographical value of Hamilton and again in my opinion the book succeeds brilliantly The collaborating editors are to be highly commended for bringing together academic and popular historical criticism with compelling arguments over the historical accuracy value and truthfulness of the musical Whilst all relevant contributing essayists bring their own uniue and disparate voices to the discussion they are all unified in the overarching theme that Hamilton is an important work of historical import and to analyse the work provides different understandings of historical knowledge as a wholeWhilst the overall book is highly readable and academically valuableI believe that there are some essays that stand out due to their position and arguments as related to either one or both of the goals or themes outlined above Hogeland s essay on Hamilton and Ron Chernow s biography is a worthy challenge to the populist aspects of history as represented in these and other artefacts of founder s chic noting some significant issues with accuracy and historiographic spin In Race Conscious Casting The Erasure of the Black Past in Hamilton Lyra Monteiro offers a very provocative analysis of the musical which to some extent is echoed by a later essay from Patricia Hererra Reckoning with America s Racial Past Present Future in Hamilton Where these three essays all excel is that they dynamically and effectively take on aspects of Hamilton as a historical artefact representing America s past and deconstruct narratives associated to the musical s historical vision that are ignored or perhaps tacitly suppressedSupplementing andor opposing these excellent essays are the essays from Joseph Adelman Who Tells your Story Hamilton as a People s History and Renee Romano Hamilton A New American Civic Myth who both offer positive pro popular history interpretations of the musical whilst also reflecting on how Hamilton helps create new understandings of America for its people I was particularly intrigued by Romano s discussion of an American history wars construct as it reflects and echos many of the same politics and ideas that are part of the Australian history wars The essays that looked at Hamilton as a hugely successful milestone in American theatrical traditions are excellent and of those I was most impressed with Brian Herrera s Inside the Broadway Bubble This contribution makes some telling observations on Miranda s place in and exploitation of Broadway traditions and conventions whilst also discussing how Hamilton provides new and powerful perspectives on musical theatre as cultural capital Somewhat related to the issue of Hamilton as musical theatre but aligned with its status as cultural phenomenon Safe in the Nation We ve Made Staging Hamilton on Social Media from Claire Potter is an excellent summation and examination of the online culture of the musical whether it be based on Miranda and other creative contributors to the musical or the huge social media audience that engage with all things Hamilton If one is to look for a revolutionary aspect of Hamilton that really does merit attention as opposed to those that are challenged in previously cited essays in this book it is the superlative usage that Miranda has made of the online space to develop a critical mass for Hamilton as art as history as culture as politicsIn summary Historians on Hamilton is an excellent book that is a must read for anyone who has than a mild fascination with Hamilton and Lin Manuel Miranda It also is a highly worthy compilation of historians talking about how history can be created interpreted and depicted I highly recommend Historians on Hamilton


10 thoughts on “Historians on Hamilton

  1. says:

    As a fan of the Broadway show Hamilton I've actually been looking forward to seeing some legitimate criticism of the show from a historical per

  2. says:

    A series of essays from different professional authors history art sociology etc all about the broadway musical Hamilton They discuss the history inside of the musical the history of the Broadway musical the impact of Hamilton on musical theater and in society Very well written and very engaging to read And I haven’t even seen the musical yet

  3. says:

    Due to the essay style of the book certain elements were a little repetitive as each contributor noted similar things Mostly academics commentin

  4. says:

    This is an excellent collection of essays for fans of Hamilton who want a critical look at their favorite show The essays by no means criticize the show too harshly many authors freely admit that they too are fans but they investigate the ways in which this musical may not be uite as revolutionary as it claims to be and i

  5. says:

    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 previ

  6. says:

    For the record I am a mad 'Hamilton' fan who has for the last almost three years been besotted with Lin Manuel M

  7. says:

    A wonderful book of essays about the Hamilton musical some dealing with the historical accuracy of the play others looking at the interest the play has stirred up with people wanting to learn about the founding of our country and a bit of Broadway history about how musicals have changed over the years The essays were interesting and I learned much I think this is well worth reading even if the play wasn't seen

  8. says:

    TLDR If you like Hamilton you must read this book PeriodI recently saw Hamilton for the first time and enjoyed it very much At the same time certain uestions and irritations kept distracting me during the show How accurate is all of this Are any of these characters people of color or just the actors I've only heard fanatical love for this s

  9. says:

    This book comprises 15 essays by academic historians reflecting on Hamilton the musicalThe overall point of the essays is not to bash the musical but to provide additional historical context which the majority of the musical's audience probabl

  10. says:

    I love musical theater and early American history so when I heard about Hamilton I was super excited I saw it in November of 2015 and adored it listening to it nonstop even as a Jeffersonian I loved it And as I listened to itlook I love the s

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