Friday, April 15, 2016

"An Idea of Who We Would Like Hamilton to Be"

"While the most recent critiques of 'Hamilton' have focused on race, some scholars have also noted that it's an odd moment for the public to embrace an unabashed elitist who liked big banks, mistrusted the masses and at one point called for a monarchal presidency and a Senate that served for life.
"Alexander Hamilton 'was more a man for the 1 percent than the 99 percent,' said Sean Wilentz, a professor at Princeton and the author of 'The Politicians and the Egalitarians,' to be published in May."

Jennifer Schuessler in The New York Times looks at historians' reactions to Hamilton.

Annette Gordon-Reed continues at the National Council on Public History's blog.

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