Everyone loves “Hamilton,” even historians, according to a recent NYTimes article. But the simmering debate is how much of the musical is accurate.
It’s a Broadway musical, not a documentary, and was inspired by the 2004 biography “Alexander Hamilton” by historian Ron Chernow. You can’t squeeze a book into a 2 1/2 musical about this Founding Father.
Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor of history and law at Harvard and the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of “The Hemingses of Monticello,” put it more bluntly, wrote
“One of the most interesting things about the ‘Hamilton’ phenomenon,” she wrote last week on the blog of the National Council on Public History, “is just how little serious criticism the play has received.
“It’s an amazing piece of theater, but it concerns me that people are seeing it as a piece of history,” Monteiro, an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University, Newark, said in an interview.
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