Excavating Hamilton's America

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Excavating Hamilton's America
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161: TR 3:30 - 4:45PM
Fall 2017
Civic Engagement

Hamilton: An American Musical has catapulted early American history into the 21st century, giving hip-hop inspired voice to the individuals who founded our country. However, because Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece is based on the written record, it only tells part of the story. Archaeology can tell another part and give voice to those groups silenced in conventional histories, including American Indians, Africans and African-Americans, women. In this class, we explore this untold colonial and early American history through the material – rather than the written – record. In the process, we will learn how the conscious assembly a diverse cast for Hamilton: An American Musical is perhaps even more salient than the show-runners realize, since indeed, diversity was as central to American in the past as it is in the present. 


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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

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