Special Opinion to the Cape Charles Mirror by Paul Plante
It is said by some among us, whether sages or village idiots remains to be seen, that the combined Federalist Papers, a collection of 85 articles and essays written under the pseudonym Publius by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution, are totally worthless to us in our times today, and who is to know, perhaps they are right, notwithstanding that historian Richard B. Morris has called them an “incomparable exposition of the Constitution, a classic in political science unsurpassed in both breadth and depth by the product of any later American writer,” and notwithstanding that the Federalist Papers are considered one of the most important sources for interpreting and understanding the original intent of the United States Constitution.
“Get real, man, those dudes are long since dead, and besides, who can understand a word they even said, so who wants to know that ****” is a response I often get when I broach the subject of the “Founding Fathers” to younger people in America today.
For them, Alexander Hamilton is about HIP-HOP, not history.
It’s the beat, stupid, not the words!
Who cares who Alexander Hamilton was, I like the music and that is all that counts.
According to WIKIPEDIA, “Hamilton: An American Musical” is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The musical made its Off-Broadway debut at The Public Theater in February 2015, where its engagement was sold out and then the show transferred to Broadway in August 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it received enthusiastic critical reception and unprecedented advance box office sales, so that in 2016, Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, while the prior Off-Broadway production of Hamilton won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical as well as seven other Drama Desk Awards out of 14 total nominated categories.
For those of you who missed it in New York, a production of the musical began previews in Chicago in September 2016 and a national touring production is scheduled to begin in San Francisco in March 2017.
The musical will also be opening in the West End in October 2017, reopening the Victoria Palace Theatre which is currently being refurbished following the closure of the long running show, Billy Elliot.
So how about that, people?
You don’t need to try and read some stuffy old political disquisitions from 229 years ago in 1787 on stuff nobody has cared about in years, not to mention, generations, to know who Alexander Hamilton is today..
You can simply go to a musical, and learn all you need to know about the man, and his role in our history as a Founding Father.
“Founding Father of what?”
“What you talking about there, Willis?”
Hmmmmm, you know, as I look around me, I find I do not have an answer to that question that would make any sense to a modern-day American.
What was Alexander Hamilton a founding father of?
Does anyone out there have a clue?