It's been about a year and a half since Hamilton opened on Broadway, and what a year and a half it has been. Since its opening on Broadway, it was nominated for a record breaking 16 Tony awards, winning 11. That, and it's basically sold out until the next Ice Age. With Hamilton gearing up for a U.S. tour in 2017, it seemed appropriate to extend a huge thank you to the cast of Hamilton, from history majors everywhere.
Admittedly, some history majors may be growing a little sick of all these 'fake history fans'. Like any adaption from a true story, there are historical inaccuracies. But it's a source of entertainment before it's a source of information. So I, your friendly local history major, am willing to let it slide.
I'm a big fan of anything that can make me seem less like a nerd than I already am. So when Hamilton came along, I was so excited to have my love of history become mainstream. Especially since I kind of specialize in that area of history, and love the Founding Fathers with all my heart, flawed though they may be.
On top of spreading mostly historically accurate information, Hamilton has been spreading an interest in history as well. Which, as a history major, is really awesome to see. History is a natural narrative, and I am so glad Lin-Manuel Miranda saw its potential. I'm als so glad that people are engaging with history and finding themselves in it. Hamilton may be creating a whole new generation of historians. History doesn't have to be boring. It can be dramatic and fun and heartbreaking, and we've tapped so little of its potential creatively. I am so excited to see how Hamilton continues to change the game.
And Lin, if you're reading this, I will give you my first born for Hamilton tickets. Just throwing it out there. Ya girl has been living for the Founding Fathers since 1997.