The Ten-Dollar Founding Father Without a Father: Teaching and Learning With ‘Hamilton’ | NY Times

By Katherine Schulten, Sarah Gross and Michael Gonchar

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Lin-Manuel Miranda at a rehearsal of the musical “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers Theater. (Photo: Sara Krulwich | NY Times)

Yes, it really is that good.

That’s how Ben Brantley began his August 2015 review of “Hamilton” on Broadway — a rave about a show that “makes us feel the unstoppable, urgent rhythm of a nation being born.”

But you don’t just have to take The Times’s word for it. “Hamilton,” for which tickets are nearly impossible to get, won a Grammy and numerous Drama Desk awards; the MacArthur Foundation gave Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s creator, a “genius” grant; and Michelle Obama recently called it the “best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen in my life.”

Even if they haven’t been to the show itself, teachers all over are using the original cast recording in their classrooms to breathe new life into United States history.

This spring, the Rockefeller Foundation and the show’s producers are financing a program to bring 20,000 New York City 11th graders, all from schools with high percentages of students from low-income families, to see “Hamilton” at a series of matinees. As part of the program, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will develop curriculum.

Below, our contribution to what we expect will become a deluge of material: some ways to teach and learn with “Hamilton,” via articles, Op-Eds, reviews, archival materials and multimedia from The New York Times.

Read more: The Ten-Dollar Founding Father Without a Father: Teaching and Learning With ‘Hamilton’ | NY Times


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