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America has Hamilton-mania! With the show re-opening on Broadway and streaming on Disney+, everyone’s talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical. Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have sparked huge interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: The Musical puts center stage. Join University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell to explore this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business. Learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States and about why all that matters. Examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based and discover Hamilton’s extraordinary global cultural impact.

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