Bring “Hamilton” into the Classroom - From the Rockefeller Foundation
The Broadway musical Hamilton—based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton—can be a classroom resource to boost understanding of American history. The Rockefeller Foundation and the producers of Hamilton are giving students and schools an opportunity to connect to the past in a contemporary context and to become engaged with the content they are studying in an exciting way. The musical has infused Chernow’s retelling of history with hip-hop, rap, and pop and has given life to a story that, for many, has been difficult to relate to in the modern era. The historically valid choice to emphasize Hamilton’s status as an immigrant wanting to make a name for himself in his adopted country has made the story even more relatable to students today. The nonprofit Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has put together a curriculum and created a website with copies of the primary documents that undergird the book and lyrics, along with videos, essays, and other teaching resources related to Alexander Hamilton and the Founding era. Students are invited to create and share their own artistic responses to Hamilton’s life.
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Click Here to Access Lyrics and Audio Clips of the 46-Song Soundtrack