Historians are, by and large, delighted that Hamilton has brought so much attention and interest to the founding era in American history. Lin-Manuel Miranda has attracted diverse, young audiences and made them excited about history in unprecedented fashion. There are many songs that are historically on-point, although as a piece of art, the play takes some liberties with chronology and alters some historical events. What concerns historians most are two of the main messages of the show:

  1. Alexander Hamilton was a scrappy immigrant who pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become an underappreciated American everyman
  2. A multiracial cast playing white characters and singing hip hop makes the story of the founding era more diverse

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