02 January 2010

Alexander Hamilton, the rap song

Years ago, when I taught at a little school called Hamline University, two of my students wandered into my office and performed a rap song about Augustus Caesar.

In that spirit, consider this: of all the weird, unlikely, complicated life stories of all the founding fathers of our nation, none was stranger than Alexander Hamilton's. Michael Lind once wrote a book insisting that Hamilton rather than the slave owner Jefferson should be our national hero.

So, to present this epic biography, Lin-Manuel.

what next? a musical about Evita Peron?

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