Broadway’s Hamilton: Separating Fact From Fiction

George Washington University

Denver Brunsman is Associate Professor of History at George Washington University. He is a co-author of a number of textbooks, including: Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People, and Leading Change: George Washington and Establishing the Presidency. Professor Brunsman’s many honors include the Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence and induction into the George Washington University Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Overview

The Broadway musical Hamilton has made Alexander Hamilton America’s well-known founding father. His rise from obscurity to become the first treasury secretary and one of the most powerful figures in the early United States has captured the country’s imagination. Yet, there is still much that is misunderstood about our “ten-dollar founding father.” This presentation will separate fact from fiction in Hamilton’s life. From his birth in the Caribbean and rise in the Continental Army as George Washington’s “right hand man” to his creation of America’s financial system and premature death at the hands of Aaron Burr, Professor Brunsman will share the latest historical evidence to uncover the real Hamilton. For a story not to be missed, come join One Day University in the “room where it happens!”

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