Alexander Hamilton

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Hamilton Makes Broadway History With 16 Tony Nods

No one's really surprised that Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical is leading the pack

(Newser) - The megahit musical Hamilton has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another notch in the show's march into theatrical history. Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about the first US treasury secretary broke the 15-nominations record Tuesday held by The Producers and... More »

Hamilton Wins a Pulitzer

It's only the 9th musical to win the drama award

(Newser) - Hamilton, the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama, honoring creator Lin-Manuel Miranda for a dazzling musical that has captured popular consciousness like few Broadway shows. The Columbia University's prize board on Monday cited Hamilton as "a landmark American musical about... More »

Hamilton Creator: Founding Father Will Stay on $10 Bill

Treasury Secretary says he'll be 'very happy'

(Newser) - Fans of Alexander Hamilton need not fear a new design for the $10 bill. Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of Broadway musical Hamilton, says Treasury Secretary Jack Lew assured him during a Monday meeting that he is "going to be very happy" with the new bill design, to begin... More »

Obama Helps Hamilton Creator Freestyle-Rap at White House

'You think that's going viral? That's going viral'

(Newser) - The cast of Hamilton spent Monday at the White House, where they performed a selection of songs and attended a workshop for a group of schoolchildren hosted by Michelle Obama, the AP reports. "Hamilton, I'm pretty sure, is the only thing that Dick Cheney and I agree on,... More »

Trump a Kindred Spirit to One of Our Early Presidents

He's 'a Jackson man,' writes Steve Inskeep

(Newser) - Lots of theories have been floated to explain the rise of Donald Trump, but NPR's Steve Inskeep floats one of the more interesting ones Wednesday in a New York Times column: Trump is channeling Andrew Jackson. It may not be intentional, but Trump shares many of the same traits... More »

Name That President? Americans Have Weird Answers

71% of those surveyed think we were once led by President Alexander Hamilton

(Newser) - Alexander Hamilton was many things—a bastard from the Caribbean, the founder of the Bank of New York, the father of the US Coast Guard, and the first Secretary of the Treasury, to name a few. But the man who died in a duel against Aaron Burr at the age... More »

Bernanke: Keep Hamilton, Kick Jackson Off the $20

He is 'appalled' by plan to dump 'best economic policymaker'

(Newser) - Former Federal Reserve chief-turned-blogger Ben Bernanke has joined those calling for the US Treasury to abandon plans to drop Alexander Hamilton from his featured spot on the $10 bill and to dump Andrew Jackson from the $20 instead. In a post entitled " Say it ain't so, Jack ,"... More »

Why Some Women Aren't Thrilled About Woman on $10

Bill-sharing wasn't what they had in mind

(Newser) - According to Federal Reserve circulation figures, you're a lot more likely to have an Andrew Jackson in your wallet than an Alexander Hamilton, which is one reason why Women on 20s campaigners say putting a woman on the $10 instead isn't ideal. The group says the Treasury plan... More »

A Woman Is Going on the $10 Bill

Government will announce her name later this year

(Newser) - We don't know who it will be, but a woman will replace Alexander Hamilton as the main image on the $10 bill. Treasury chief Jack Lew says he will announce the woman's name by the end of this year, and the new bills will be out in 2020,... More »

Washington, Lincoln, Nixon Were Gay: New Book

Larry Kramer's new book is ruffling feathers, dividing critics

(Newser) - George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were gay. So were Alexander Hamilton, Herman Melville, and Richard Nixon—at least according to a new book that the author considers true but his publisher is selling as fiction to avoid legal problems, the Guardian reports. Needless to say, Larry Kramer's 800-page The ... More »

Sorry, Tea Partiers, You Don't Get All the Founders

Washington, Hamilton would have hated you

(Newser) - The Tea Party loves to claim solidarity with the founding fathers, as though they’d all endorse the current Republican agenda. (Remember this craziness ?) Well, not so fast, says historian Ron Chernow. “The truth is that the disputatious founders—who were revolutionaries, not choir boys—seldom agreed about... More »

Tea Party Honcho Needs to Bone Up on US History

Dick Armey gets Federalist Papers backward

(Newser) - “The small-government conservative movement,” asserts Dick Armey, “is about the principles of liberty as embodied in the Constitution, the understanding of which is fleshed out if you read things like the Federalist Papers.” The tea party honcho and former House majority leader was, of course, trying... More »

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