History behind Hamilton, The musical
Hamilton is a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, sung and rapped through, that traces the history of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. Miranda shares that the inspiration behind the musical came after he read Hamilton’s biography, written by Ron Chernow. There’s a lot of hip-hop, R&B and soul in the musical as Miranda shares himself, when he first envisioned the show, it was almost like a hip-hop album.
The description of the musical as given by Miranda himself was “America then, as told by America now.” Premiering first as an off-Broadway play, the musical claimed universal appraisal, getting completely sold out months in advance. The musical received a record-breaking 16 nominations and won 11 awards at the 70th Tony awards. including Best Musical.
In 2020 Disney+ released a filmed Broadway production of the musical on its channel.
Alexander Hamilton’s history
Alexander was an orphan with a really tough early life. He grows as a smart and resourceful boy, becoming a student at King’s College in New York in 1776. Whilst a student, Alexander had his opinions on Continental Congress published under a pseudonym. He took an early role in the militia during the American Revolutionary War.
After the end of the war, Hamilton was elected as Congress of The Confederation in New York. However, he resigned as he had chosen to practice law, which lead him to founding the Bank of New York.
Hamilton has a big role in ratifying the Constitution by writing 51 of the 85 installments of The Federalist Papers, which are still used as one of the most important references for Constitutional interpretation. He also lead the Treasury Department and to this day, he is known as the youngest U.S. cabinet member to take office since the beginning of the Republic.
Hamilton is generally regarded as an astute and intellectually brilliant administrator, politician and financier, if often impetuous. His ideas are credited with laying the foundation for American government and finance.
Hamilton was married to Elizabeth- a daughter of General Philip Schuyler. They had 8 children, with one of the dying in a duel, just like Hamilton would a few years later. After Alexander’s death, Elizabeth strived to preserve his legacy through organising his works and writings.
Alexander Hamilton was a fascinating historical figure that left so much behind. Miranda takes a very modern twist on Hamilton’s story, presenting it through the hip-hop lens. It’s definitely a must-watch for any true Broadway fan or history geek!