A Revue of Royal & Revolutionary Rhetoric (Hamilton 15)

In several violent Acts and interludes, with important and incendiary dialogue in (of course) red. Setting: A world before the Industrial Revolution and capitalism, with countries ruled by kings and assorted…

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Hamilton vs. Seabury (Hamilton 14)

By 1774, 45-year-old Reverend Samuel Seabury (1729-1796) was a veteran of verbal combat. Assigned to a church in New Jersey from 1754 to 1757, he became embroiled in the debate over…

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New York, New York (Hamilton 13)

New York is the greatest city in the world: no argument from me about that. But greatness has to start somewhere ... Here's the Dutch settlement at the southern end of…

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Angelica Schuyler (Hamilton 12)

In 1776, the "old money" families in New York - the ones that had been around in Dutch times and had continued to thrive for a century under the British -…

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Thomas Paine’s Common Sense (Hamilton 11)

The pamphlet Common Sense, which Angelica mentions in "The Schuyler Sisters," was published anonymously in Philadelphia, on January 10, 1776. Within a few months, British expatriate Thomas Paine was known to be…

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Wait! (Hamilton 10)

Dear Alexander, I'm having a torrid marriage with a man much, much younger than you, and our 30th anniversary is almost here. I need to take a week off to…

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Hamilton’s Death Wish, revisited (Hamilton 9)

Last week I expressed my profound dissatisfaction at not being able to read in full a letter published in early 1776 in the Royal Danish American Gazette, which Chernow (p. 72) uses to…

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My Shot (Hamilton 8)

Have you stopped to think about the way "My Shot" builds on the opening number of Hamilton: An American Musical?  It sets him up as a young hero eager to change the…

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