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Alexander Hamilton's America: The Political Economy Behind the Musical

Hamilton: An American Musical has enthralled audiences across the country. Despite the accolades and shower of awards for the artistic achievement that is "Hamilton", it is worth asking -- how much of this is accurate history, political analysis, and economics? Using the music and the musical as our guide, students in this course will read, dissect, critique, and compare written, visual, and aural works in order to understand the foundations of U.S. political economy. Through close reading and evaluation of primary sources and secondary analysis students will learn about Alexander Hamilton's role in creating the foundational systems of our economy and government. Students also gain experience using sources judiciously and effectively to build arguments and support a position. Affiliate departments: Economics and International Political Economy.