Historians on Hamilton

Historians on Hamilton

Historians on Hamilton discussion at The New School

Monday, March 26 @ 7 pm – 9 pm

The New School, Tishman Auditorium
66 W 12th St
New York, NY 10011

In February 2015, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical debuted to critical acclaim and became an instant hit. But just how historically accurate is it? Does Miranda’s hip-hop take on the Founding Fathers offer a bold and positive vision for our nation’s future, or does it misrepresent the past? Can a musical so unabashedly contemporary still communicate historical truths about American culture and politics? And is Hamilton as revolutionary as its creators and many commentators claim?

Please join us Monday, Marc­­­h 26th at the John L. Tishman auditorium located at 66 west 12th street, from 7 to 9 pm for a special performance and a night of lively discussion with editors Claire Bond Potter and Renee C. Romano, contributors Brian Eugenio Herrera, Jim Cullen, Elizabeth Wollman, Lyra Monteiro, and Jim Cullen, moderated by Parsons Professor of Art History and Lafayette biographer Laura Auricchio.


“Deeply documented, culturally astute, interpretively diverse, consistently illuminating—this is a model of intellectual engagement. Providing insight into Hamilton’s significance, the essays cogently reveal how contemporary culture shapes our past.”
—Joshua Brown, American Social History Project, City University of New York Graduate Center

“Treating Hamilton as a historical phenomenon in its own right, contributors to this volume reflect on the lives that inspired it and its meaning for our conflict-ridden present.”
—Kathleen M. Brown, David Boies Professor of History, The University of Pennsylvania

“For Hamilton fans, history buffs, political thinkers and Broadway acolytes, this collection provides dozens of fascinating perspectives, correctives, and sidelong directives. It probably won’t change your mind about the show, but it will keep you thinking and talking about it, and the world that surrounds it, for a long time to come. If you love Hamilton the musical or have any curiosity about the man himself and where he fits into the American panorama, this is the book for you.”
—Jack Viertel, producer, critic, renowned author, and senior vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters

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