How historically accurate is Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton? In this video essay I fact check the musical against the history books and bring you the real history of Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Washington and all their founding brothers.
This isn't a top ten of historical inaccuracies in Hamilton; while I get into some of that this is more to provide you with a historical context to put the story in. What was life actually like during the American revolution? What does the assumption of state's debts really mean, and what happened in Boston that's referenced in Farmer Refuted (because it's not just the tea party).
00:00 Introduction 01:40 Part 1: Son of a Lady and a Scotsman 03:02 Part 2: What about Boston? 07:29 Part 3: The Greatest City in the World 09:35 Part 4: The Room Where It Happens 12:01 Part 5: Chaos and Bloodshed 14:52 Part 6: Are you ready for a cabinet meeting? 17:43 Part 7: Aaron Burr, Sir 21:09 Historical Inaccuracies
Big thanks to my friends Mark Bell and Michael Tynan who helped me with the research for this video essay. On our podcast REEL HISTORY we get into the historical context of movies and television shows; you can find us on our podcatcher of choice and our episode on Hamilton is available here: http://showswhatyouknow.com/hamilton/
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Check out my latest video essay: https://youtu.be/FgNjJ0oEXU8
For more reading on this topic I recommend Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis which breaks the American revolution and its aftermath into bite-sized and understandable stories, many of which line up well with Hamilton: An American Musical.
Music in this video is by Lee Rosevere: https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/
Music For Podcasts - True Crime Edition 01 - Small Town Characters 05 - Delayed Reaction 06 - Edge of the Woods 08 - I Don't Wanna Be Like Him
Music For Podcasts 6 01 - Let That Sink In 05 - Making It Look Easy 02 - Thought Bubbles 06 - It was like that when I got here 15 - Where Was I?
Lee Rosevere's music is licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)