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Miranda acknowledged the enormous role that racism played throughout this period, many audience members would leave with feelings of guilt, or at least discomfort, because of how their ancestors treated minorities, as 72% of New Yorkers who attend Broadway musicals are white.⁹ For example, when Jefferson returns from Monticello, he is greeted by a line of dancers, representing his many slaves. However, since a black man plays Jefferson, and the line of dancers are smiling and perky, many even white, the audience members are protected from the less glamorous aspects of history that Miranda avoids.

Hamilton is a musical that caused widespread interest in early American history. It is successful in its theatrical display of the Revolutionary era but leaves out critical information, necessary for it to be deemed “good” history. As progressive as Miranda envisioned this musical to be, it is still a glorified portrayal of white American history and is geared towards an audience of the same demographic. The historical inaccuracies of Hamilton are fatal flaws worthy of being critiqued and the discussion of its inadequacies must be considered in an attempt to move towards a more progressive and inclusive modern America.

1. Leslie Odom, Jr. and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Your Obedient Servant, recorded August 2015, track 20 from Act 2 on Hamilton, Avatar Studios. 2. Ken Owen, “Historians and Hamilton: Founders Chic and the Cult of Personality,” The Junto April 21, 2016. 3. Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton,Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down), recorded August 2015, track 20 from Act 2 on Hamilton, Avatar Studios. 4. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo), recorded August 2015, Hamilton, Avatar Studios. 5. Mackubin Owens, “Hamilton’s Actual Views on Immigration,” American Greatness, December 21, 2016.

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6. Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Okieriete Onaodowan, Cabinet Battle #1, recorded August 2015, track 2 from Act 2 on Hamilton, Avatar Studios. 7. Thomas Jefferson, “Jefferson Quotes & Family Letters,” Jefferson Quotes & Family Letters, January 1, 1782 to December 31, 1782, tjrs.monticello.org/letter/1314. 8. L. D. Monteiro, “Review Essay: Race-Conscious Casting and the Erasure of the Black Past in Lin-Manuel Mirandas Hamilton.” The Public Historian, vol. 38, no. 1 (2016): 89–98. 9. “‘Hamilton’ Is Diverse, but Is Its Audience?” ELDORADO, March 3, 2016.

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