Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past

Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past

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.

Title:Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past
Edition Language:English
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  • Melissa

    Due to the essay style of the book, certain elements were a little repetitive as each contributor noted similar things. Mostly academics commenting on how the "real" history compares, how the show fit...

  • Ceci

    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 si...

  • Ryan

    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 d...

  • Susan Rothenberg

    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 more ...

  • Barb

    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 l...

  • Jeremy Neely

    This fascinating set of essays about the intersections of Hamilton (the play) and Hamilton (the man) offer much to fans of either. Much of this collection considers how the former obscured the histori...

  • Emily Dzioba

    A wonderful collection of essays that any theatre historian should read! If you like Hamilton and analytic criticism... this is for you....

  • Lala

    The book was a little boring. So you really have to enjoy the Hamilton Musical a lot to really enjoy this book. Personally it was to informational for me but definitely is worth reading. ...