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ENGL 234: American Literature & Culture: Hamilton

This guide supports further research into Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical masterpiece, 'Hamilton'.

The Beginning

Lin-Manuel Miranda performs "The Hamilton Mixtape" at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009. Accompanied by Alex Lacamoire.

Charlie Rose Interviews Lin-Manuel Miranda

Charlie Rose has conducted several interviews related to the musical, including conversations with Ron Chernow, principal cast members, and Miranda's collaborators. In this video, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer and star of "Hamilton," sits down with Charlie Rose in the historic Richard Rogers Theatre. 

National Archives Foundation 2016 Records of Achievement Awards

The National Archives Foundation honored Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ron Chernow; Tony and Emmy Award-winning film and theater director Thomas Kail; and Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, lyricist, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda with its 2016 Records of Achievement Award at its annual Gala on September 25, 2016. At the Gala, Rebecca Mead of The New Yorker joined Chernow, Kail, and Miranda for a conversation shown in this video.


Check out these digital tools to start exploring the complexity of Hamilton's lyrics.

#Ham4Ham Playlist

#Ham4Ham are the twice-weekly, free sidewalk performances that took place outside Hamilton for the better part of its first year on Broadway. Featuring brief performances from the cast and collaborators, as well as guest appearances by Broadway stars and friends of the show, #Ham4Ham (and Miranda's enthusiastic social media presence) has transformed the way Broadway connects with its fans.