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Perhaps there may have been an earlier reference at this Blog, there is also Allison LaCroix's "The Rooms Where it Happened" review of Hamilton in The New Rambler.Query: Might it be difficult for a legal historian to research Hamilton the man without being influenced by Hamilton the musical?My reading of Primus' The Atlantic article suggests it might be difficult.
This morning's NYTimes has Jason Frank and Isaac Kramnick's article "What 'Hamilton' Forgets About Alexander Hamilton" that suggest otherwise, at least for political scientists. This is not to take away from the success of the musical. But historical revisionism shuldl be challenged. As a child in grade school here in the Boston area in the late 1930s, early 1940s, I was "exposed" to visits of actors portraying George Washington (probably a remnant of the Great Depression's art programs) that I swallowed hook line and sinker as a pre-teen, only to learn later on there was more to Washington. Today it is adults that seem to be buying into Hamilton the man hook line and sinker. Hopefully Hamilton scholars will cut bait and examine Hamilton and other founders with greater discipline than the musical. I haven't seen Hamilton but I do plan to watch the Tony Awards tomorrow to enjoy some of its scenes as entertainment, not necessarily history.
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