Popular culture has long engaged in mythmaking about America’s Founders, often interpreting them as symbols that reflect contemporary concerns. Despite its novel artistry and casting, Hamilton: An American Musical for the most part conforms to this tradition in general and to the usual celebratory script about Alexander Hamilton in particular.

Matthew E. Brown is Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois-Springfield.
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Other Independent Review articles by Matthew E. Brown
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Fall 2019 The Economics of Poverty Traps
Spring 2017 Hamilton on Broadway and the Founding in American Culture: An Introduction
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