The Hamilton Soundtrack
It’s the 4th of July, so this seems appropriate. Unless you never leave your house, never speak to other human beings, never turn on your television, and never use social media, you’ve probably at least heard about Hamilton. I’m already a bit of a nerd for musical theater as it is, but this is truly next level. There’s a reason Lin-Manuel Miranda has received all kinds of awards for this.
I never liked History in school. It was mostly memorization for me. I memorized names and dates, and that was that. For the most part, I couldn’t personalize it. I never had a teacher who taught in a way that made me feel otherwise. I’m not faulting them for that; it’s a hard thing to do.
When I listen to the music and the lyrics, our history is tangible. We are a country of immigrants, and it is immigrants like Hamilton who built this country. We would be nothing without immigrants. One of the mistakes we make is putting these people on a pedestal like they are more than human. They were men who drank, smoked, cheated on their wives, and made a lot of mistakes while doing some really amazing things.
Imperfect humans built this country, and the imperfect humans will continue to improve it.
You can listen to the Hamilton Soundtrack on Spotify.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!