Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources

Lesson plans created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to accompany Hamilton: An American Musical as well as footage from the PBS Learning Media on Alexander Hamilton and the musical.  Baergen, Julie. “Founding Fathers: Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison.” The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/hamilton/resources/founding-fathers-franklin-jefferson-hamilton-and-madison. Bailey, Tim. “The United States Constitution: Federaists…

Historical Sources

A collection of historical documents that influenced and are referenced in Hamilton. Burr, Aaron. “Aaron Burr, fugitive and traitor 1804.” The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/hamilton/resources/aaron-burr-fugitive-and-traitor-1804. Church, Angelica Schuyler. “The Duel: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, 1804.” The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/hamilton/resources/duel-alexander-hamilton-and-aaron-burr-1804. Hamilton, Alexander, John Jay and James Madison. The Federalist…

“Looking for a mind at work”

Articles on the feminism of Hamilton: An American Musical as seen in its portrayal of the Schuyler Sisters.  Excerpt: “Hamilton: The Broadway Cast performs ‘The Schuyler Sisters.’” The New York Times, 6 August 2015, https://www.nytimes.com/video/theater/100000003841018/excerpt-hamilton.html?action=click&contentCollection=theater&module=embedded&region=caption&pgtype=article. Durham, Aisha S., Brittney C. Cooper and Susana M. Morris. “The Stage Hip-Hop Feminism Built: A New Directions Essay.” Signs, vol. 38,…

Hip-Hop

Articles discussing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s use of hip-hop, resources on hip-hop, and resources for song analysis.  Annotated Lyrics of “Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording 2015).” Genius, https://genius.com/albums/Lin-manuel-miranda/Hamilton-original-broadway-cast-recording. Dean, Jeremy and Katherine Schulten. “Skills and Strategies—Annotating to Engage, Connect and Create.” The New York Times, 12 November 2015, https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/12/skills-and-strategies-annotating-to-engage-analyze-connect-and-create/. Eastwood, Joel and Erik Hinton. “How does ‘Hamilton,’…

Audience

Articles Discussing the intended audience of Hamilton, who is watching it, who should be watching, and its accessibility (or lack thereof).  Ahmed, Sara. “A Phenomenology of Whiteness.” Feminist Theory, vol. 8, issue. 2, pp. 149-168, http://www.rainbow-season.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Feminist_Theory-2007-Ahmed-149-68.pdf. Brooks, Katherine. “100,000 Students Across The Country will Probably See ‘Hamilton’ Before You.” Huffington Post, 23 June 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hamilton-musical-eduham-porgram-expanding_us_576c29c0e4b0aa4dc3d4c7b5?ir=Education&section=us_education&utm_hp_ref=education. Demby, Gene….

Casting: “American then, told by America now”

Articles discussing the colour blind casting of Hamilton: An American Musical and the controversy that followed.  Accetta, Valerie. “Muddy waters: The Complexities of Casting a Musical About Race.” Studies in Musical Theatre, vol. 7, issue 3, pp. 351-358. Allen, Jason. “A color-blind Stockholm syndrome.” National Council on Public History, 9 March 2016, http://ncph.org/history-at-work/a-color-blind-stockholm-syndrome/. Casting Call…

History and Hamilton: An American Musical

Historical Inaccuracies and Forgotten Voices Baptist, Edward E. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Basic Books: 2014, https://www.docdroid.net/xo3k/the-half-has-never-been-told.pdf.html. Brand, H. W. “Founders Chic: Our reverence for the Fathers has gotten out of hand.” The Atlantic, September 2003, https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/09/founders-chic/302773/. Cornblatt, Johannah. “‘Town Destroyer” Versus the Iroquis Indians: Forty Indian villages—and a…

The Archive

Challenging the historical cannon and the musical theatre cannon.  Adleman, Joseph M. “Hamilton, Art, History, and Truth.” The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History, 31 August 2015. https://earlyamericanists.com/2015/08/31/hamilton-art-history-and-truth/#comment-69277. Brantly, Ben. “Review: In ‘Hamilton,’ Li Manuel-Miranda Forges Democracy Through Rap.” The New York Times, 17 February 2015. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/18/theater/review-in-hamilton-lin-manuel-miranda-forges-democracy-through-rap.html?smid=pl-share. –. “Review: ‘Hamilton,’ Young Rebels Change History…

“Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?”

Biographical information on Lin Manuel-Miranda and Ron Chernow, the writers who shaped the musical. “Bio: Composer Lyricist, Actor.” http://www.linmanuel.com/bio. Catton, Pia. “‘Hamilton’ Biographer is Making History of Broadway.” The Wall Street Journal, 25 December 2015, https://www.wsj.com/articles/hamilton-biographer-is-making-history-on-broadway-1451089483. Delman, Edward. “How Lin-Manuel Miranda Shapes History.” The Atlantic, 29 September 2015, https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/09/lin-manuel-miranda-hamilton/408019/. “Meet Ron Chernow, the Biographer Who…

#EduHam

Articles regarding The Gilder Lehrman Institue of American History  #EduHam program and performances by participating students. “About the Hamilton Education Program.” The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, https://www.gilderlehrman.org/programs-exhibitions/about-hamilton-education-program. D’Orio, Wayne. “The inside story of how the biggest show on Broadway teamed with two nonprofits to immerse high school students in American history—and challenge them…

Hamilton in the Classroom

Articles discussing the popular use of Hamilton: An American Musical in the classroom as a teaching tool for the American Revolution.  Friedman, Brandis. “History Comes to Life as CPS Students Meet ‘Hamilton.’” Chicago Tonight, 8 March 2017, http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/03/08/history-comes-life-cps-students-meet-hamilton. Gorman, Nicole. “Broadway Musical ‘Hamilton’ Revitalizes Civic Education.” Education World, 11 January 2015, http://www.educationworld.com/a_news/broadway-musical-%E2%80%98hamilton%E2%80%99-revitalizes-civic-education-157001260. –. “Guest Post:…

Alexander Hamilton

Sources on the life of Alexander Hamilton “Alexander Hamilton in the American Imagination.” History Now, vol. 44, Winter 2016, https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-now/2016-03/alexander-hamilton-american-imagination. “Bibliography on Further Readings on Alexander Hamilton.” The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, https://www.gilderlehrman.org/sites/default/files/history_now-bibliography_of_further_readings_on_alexander_hamilton_1.pdf. Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton, Penguin Publishing Group, 2004. https://www.scribd.com/document/343976225/DOWNLOAD-PDF-English-Alexander-Hamilton-by-Ron-Chernow. The book that inspired the musical.  Pensavalli, Gillian and Bianca Soto. The…