Welcome back students to week 9. Many of you did a fine job discussing the hypocrisy of our “Declaration of Independence,” especially in regards to the treatment of African Americans. Even though America gained its independence after a grueling 8 year war with England in 1783, our now “free” country continued to permit slavery in the southern states (the northern states began to free slaves one by one — New York emancipation occurred in 1827). While America began as an independent nation, it still needed a strong government, however. In 1787, delegates from the original 13 states met in secret and produced The Constitution. Over the next few years, the states debated whether to accept this document as the framework of a new government. It was finally passed, after including the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments), in 1789.
A major architect of the Constitution was Alexander Hamilton, whose face graces our 10 dollar bill. In 2015 Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote and produced an extraordinary musical based on Hamilton’s life. The show was sold out on Broadway for years. Just last month, Disney has put out a film version of the Broadway production (which I encourage you watch). Below is an hour and 1/2 documentary called “Hamilton’s America” produced by Miranda in which he discusses his own life, the production of the Hamilton Musical, and the life of Alexander Hamilton. I ask that you watch the video and comment on a part that interested you the most. Enjoy!