Conversely, the political philosophies of Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson were at odds in their day and are still being debated nationally in forums throughout the country. The case for strong central government versus less government will always be a relevant issue, one that will never be decided definitively, and one that can be both wise and ill advised. Yet who can deny that the necessary and inevitable expansion of the federal government to meet the seemingly innumerable needs and entitlements of the American people has exponentially validated Hamilton’s point of view. His legacy and image are as ubiquitous as a ten-dollar bill.
Hamilton: The Man and the Musical
The relatively recent fascination with the life of Alexander Hamilton began with a best-selling biography, which inspired a talented young lyricist and playwright to write, compose, and produce Hamilton: An American Musical. The show has been playing in Washington this summer and has turned the Kennedy Center into a virtual monument to this singular founding father, whose life, like the musical’s DC run, was much too short. Hamilton is itself a monument to its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda; it has won a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy Award, and eleven Tony Awards. Moreover, its pop appeal has garnered tremendous commercial success.