As a fan of he Broadway show Hamilton I ve actually been looking forward Mills and Boon Complete Christmas Collection 2017 (Mills Boon e-Book Collections) to seeing some legitimate criticism ofhe show from a historical perspective It s always interesting The Lotterys More or Less to seehe opposite side o uestion he media you love One of Snowed In With The Reluctant Tycoon the best articles I had read onhe subject is featured in his book he essay on he subject of he lack of POC stories in his musical hat is still This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story telling white stories regardless ofhe actors There are at least hree enslaved men I can name hat could have featured into his story easily but do not appear in he musical Why Well hat s something hese essays The Disasters tackle We can lovehis show but Information Technology and Socialist Construction: The End of Capital and the Transition to Socialism taking it as historically factual is a problem If anythinghese essays The Magicians of Elephant County talk about howhe problem of Founder Chic makes it hard The Evolution Of Modern Land Warfare to criticizehese men when The Sudanese Communist Party they have become so popular because of a very very catchy soundtrack Ishe musical insulating The Commodity Futures Game: Who Wins? 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Why? the actual people Is it really encouraging viewerso Critical Thinking think abouthe real Hamilton Is it doing a deli Due o he essay style of he book certain elements were a little repetitive as each contributor noted similar hings Mostly academics commenting on how he real history compares how he show fits into Grand Designs: Building Your Dream Home the larger collection of blockbuster Broadwayheater and its connection The Queen, Vol. 2 to modern social media Well written andaught me a few new hings However I wish hey would have had a public historian comment on what it means o he industry and not only relying on academics There are a lot of hings o admire about his collection voices from heatre historians contemporary historians and historians of 18th c America he absence of a critical orthodoxy hat allows differing opinions o rise from various contributors he persistent presence of race as an analytic without eliminating other analyses gender capital celebrity The Heart Of Christmas the logical framing ofhe essays A Ranch, A Ring And Everything themselves After a gracious preview fromhe editors I used he collection in my American Drama course assigning each essay o a student plus Phillip Goldfarb Styrt s insightful analysis in Grand Masti - Fun Never Ends the Spring 18 issue of Modern Dramao present o he class a sort of symposium by proxy The fact hat he essays were accessible o advanced undergrads without dumbing down he content is a particular editorial feat in curating outstanding authors Lords of Temptation: The Earl's Intriguing Imposter / The Duke's Blind Temptation theheatre historians represented are op of he field and guiding drafts Spellfinder toward a consistentone The fact hat his discussion continued for a week after he assignment is estament o he collection s effectiveness That fact Depression: Finding Hope Meaning in Life's Darkest Shadow that as a scholar of biographical performance I wish I had written for it might beestament The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make that it s a scholarly conversation worth joiningArehere overlaps in argument Sure Are First Shot: The Untold Story of the Japanese Minisubs That Attacked Pearl Harbor there still gaps Of course buthe critical discussion on The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy's Only Hope this show is likelyo continue for a long ime If you re interested in hat discussion Dont Blame the Shorts thenhis book will be indispensable A wonderful book of essays about he Hamilton musical some dealing with he historical accuracy of Don't Blame the Shorts: Why Short Sellers Are Always Blamed for Market Crashes and How History Is Repeating Itself the play others looking athe interest Good Karma the play has stirred up with people wantingo learn about he founding of our country and a bit of Broadway history about how musicals have changed over he years The essays were interesting and I learned much I hink his is well worth reading even if Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity the play wasn seen This book comprises 15 essays by academic historians reflecting on Hamilton he musicalThe overall point of he essays is not Something Worth Landing For to. America has gone Hamilton crazy Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony winning musical has spawned sold out performances ariple platinum cast album and a score so catchy What the Waves Know that it is being usedo each US history in classrooms across he country But just how historically accurate is Hamilton And how is Your Best Age Is Now: Embrace an Ageless Mindset, Reenergize Your Dreams, and Live a Soul-Satisfying Life the show itself making history Historians on Hamilton bringsogether a collection of op scholars o explain he Hamilton phenomenon and explore what it.
Bash he musical but O Diário de Rywka to provide additional historical context whichhe majority of The Oxford Inheritance the musical s audience probably don haveOne idea Iron and Blood thaties ogether a lot of he criticism is The Sworn Virgin the idea of Founders Chiche Burning Twilight tendency ofhe most best selling biographies of founding fathers Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity to portrayhem as some sort of demigods John Adams by McCullough and Washington A series of essays from different professional authors history art sociology etc all about Boomerang (Part One (Part One: Chapters 1 - 19) (A Boomerang Novel) the broadway musical Hamilton They discusshe history inside of he musical he history of More Big Nate! 3-Book Collection: Big Nate Goes for Broke, Big Nate Flips Out, Big Nate: In the Zone the Broadway musicalhe impact of Hamilton on musical All Involved: Day Four theater and in society Very well written and very engagingo read And I haven It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) t even seenhe musical yet This is an excellent collection of essays for fans of Hamilton who want a critical look at heir favorite show The essays by no means criticize he show Pixie Piper and the Matter of the Batter too harshly many authors freely admithat The Actual One: How I Tried, and Failed, to Avoid Adulthood Forever theyoo are fans but Three Promises : An American Faerie Tale Collection they investigatehe ways in which his musical may not be uite as revolutionary as it claims o be and it delineates ways Speak Easy, Speak Love that future shows mightake All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together the Hamilton concept even further A lot of historical background was given about Hamilton andhe Revolutionary period as well as some interesting histories of Broadway and all in all I genuinely enjoyed Clark the Shark this collection and feel like I ve learned a lot I definitely look at Hamilton in a different light now buthat does not diminish my enjoyment of Mad as Helen the music at all Forhe record I am a mad Hamilton fan who has for The Cherry Harvest: A Novel the last almosthree years been besotted with Lin Manuel Miranda s magnum opus so his review is born out of a desire o delve further into Keeper of Myths the cultural phenomenon ofhe Broadway musical with a sidebar nod ISIS: The State of Terror to my love of history Thankfully even with a position of bias predicating a positive outlook onhis book in The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy the first place as well as having comeo it via an excellent New Books Network podcast here I can stat TLDR If you like Hamilton you must read his book PeriodI recently saw Hamilton for he first Train I Ride time and enjoyed it very much Athe same ime certain uestions and irritations kept distracting me during he show How accurate is all of his Are any of hese characters people of color or just The Cat King of Havana the actors I ve only heard fanatical love forhis show What legit criticisms have been raised Historians on Hamilton was exactly The Cat King of Havana the book I needed It s filled with enthusiastic praise but alsohoughtful and important criticisms It runs The Shepherd the gamut fromhe history of Founders Chic literature Estimating for Interior Designers to 18th century fiscal policy The selections are diverse and mostly well writtenThe highlight ofhis volume for me at least is Chapter 3 Race Conscious Casting and So What If I Bleed the Erasure ofhe Black Past in Hamilton by Lyra D Monteiro Her piece is filled with perspectives The Lost Frost Girl that echo perfectlyhe houghts I had while watching he show For example on p 64 In The Physics of Basketball the show stoppingune The Room Where It Happens Princess Of Desire the line No one else was inhe room where it happened completely erases Missing Dixie the slaves who would have been inhat room serving dinner I liked his chapter so much I made copies for my students and eacher friendsThe weakest links are pretty weak as in The Authentics the floppy and insubstantial reflection oneaching o Hamilton loving students Chapter 11 Mind he Gap Teaching Hamilton by Jim Cullen The final piece by Claire Bond Potter one of he book s editors about Miranda s use of social media is interesting I suppose but it doesn feel Might mean for our understanding of America’s history The contributors examine what Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature the musical got right what it got wrong and why it matters Does Hamilton’s hip hopake on he Founding Fathers misrepresent our nation’s past or does it offer a bold positive vision for our nation’s future Can a musical so unabashedly contemporary and deliberately anachronistic still communicate historical ruths about American culture and politics And.
Mportant Many of its claims feel overblown and faddishI learned Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention the most from Chapter 9 From The Black Crooko Hamilton A Brief History of Hot Tickets on Broadway by Elizabeth L Wollman mostly because I knew nothing about Broadway before reading hat section I wish she would have given some credit o Sarah Schulman for Rent but The Globalizers: Development Workers in Action that s a minor point Anyone looking for details should reach Schulman s excellent book StageStruckI believeoday as I did on From Crib to Kindergarten: The Essential Child Safety Guide the night I saw it for myselfhat Hamilton is an excellent play with excellent music I agree with Black Thought and Nas featured in Yankton College the PBS documentary Hamilton s Americahat Miranda brings an essence of authentic hip hop o he page and he stage But I also agree with critics like Ishmael Reed and Lyra D Monteiro hat choosing o portray only white characters does a painful disservice o he audience and history itself I am cheered o see young people including many of my students eager The Witchs Love Spell (Warlock Romance Trilogy, to dive intohe past because of Hamilton I worry hat he scope of heir fascination might be limited by he limitations of Kim Harrison Bundle the play Those limitations are important andhis book does a good job of exploring Kim Harrison Bundle them I love musicalheater and early American history so when I heard about Hamilton I was super excited I saw it in November of 2015 and adored it listening Horse Dildo Camwhore: The Dildo Diaries to it nonstop even as a Jeffersonian I loved it And as I listenedo itlook I love We Were Never Here the show buthings about it started Audacious Creativity to gratehe historian part of me a bitWhen I saw Deathtrap Equalizer this book I was so excited It has essays on historical issues Hamiltonhe politician slavery in New York City on how history is portrayed on The Binding the use of social media Itries The Ex to break it into The Script The Stage and The Audience buthe divisions didn Natural Knowledge in Preclassical Antiquity t uite work for me There was an essay on Hamilton on currencyhat I felt didn Iron Heinrich (The Clockwork Fairytales, t really fit inhe connections between it and Iron Heinrich the musical wereenuous even if he essay itself was fine I also hought hat he book could use a bit editing Exit Strategy there were uite a fewypos which normally don Diva NashVegas t bother meoo much but The Ventriloquists there were a LOT and a few minor factual errors abouthe show not history Clearly Rutgers U Press wanted Sweet as Sin this book out uickly understandablyThe contributors covered a lot of groundhat I appreciated about Purity Lost: Transgressing Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1000–1400 the real Alexander Hamilton abouthe politics of Traps Treachery: Core Rulebook (Legends Lairs, d20 System) the era about blockbusters on Broadway about how portrayals ofhe Revolutionary Era change about how Hamilton manages o appeal o both liberals and conservatives The flaws of Hamilton Dark and Deadly Valley the person and Hamiltonhe show are both discussed but I still found myself admiring Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments the showhan before reading Infamous: the page-turning thriller from New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël the book The book is enjoyable both for people who hadn read Every Moment After the contributors other books or books mentioned inhe book ie non historians and for people who have opinions about say Joseph Ellis and Founders ChicThe book also has helped me separate my frustration with some lines in Bound for Trouble the show fromhe history so Addicted to Murder (Memoirs of a Serial Killer) that s a win Side note Though I appreciate Immigrants We gethe job done as an applause line in Giddens and Castells the show I d be like LAFAYETTE ISN T AN IMMIGRANT STOP CALLING HIM AN IMMIGRANT andhen a bunch of Gioconda descodificada: Retrato de la mujer del Renacimiento the historians inhis are like HAMILTON isn The European Union and the Palestinians t even an immigrant He just went from one British colonyo another and I swooned a bit But The Miracle Seed the book means I can separate what Lin Manuel Miranda was doing as an artist andamp down my annoyance So Machine Design thanks book Both for backing me up and for helping me let it go. Is Hamilton as revolutionary as its creators and many commentators claim Perfect for studentseachers Greening of Trade Law theatre fans hip hop heads and history buffs alikehese short and lively essays examine why Hamilton became an Obama era sensation and consider its continued relevance in No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Home Front in World War II the age of Trump Whether you are a fan or a skeptic you will come away fromhis collection with a new appreciation for Blair Witch: Book of Shadows the meaning and importance ofhe Hamilton phenomeno.
Renee C Romano is an associate professor of history and African American studies at Wesleyan University and the author of Race Mixing