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The University of Southampton
Lifelong Learning

Alexander Hamilton's Atlantic World Event

16 March 2016
Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton. SO17 1BF.

For more information regarding this event, please email Rachel Herrmann at .

Event details

‘How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore, and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?’ So opens Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musical chronicling the life and death-by-duel of America’s first Secretary of the Treasury. Although historians acknowledge that Hamilton: An American Musical veers at times away from the historical record, it’s hard to deny that the show captures the essence of Revolutionary America and the Early Republic—and even harder to ignore that acclaim which the show has won from the public. This event will be less of a ‘Hamilton: True or False’ evening, and more of an attempt to place Hamilton's world into a wider Atlantic context. Come for the songs—and stay to hear about Hamilton’s imperial Caribbean roots, the Native American policy of Philip Schuyler, the supposed transatlantic love affair between Hamilton and his sister-in-law, Angelica Schuyler Church, the scandalous context that allowed Hamilton to carry on a protracted affair with Maria Reynolds, and the ongoing battle between Jeffersonians and Hamiltonians from the eighteenth century to the present. Don't throw away your shot by missing the night!


Rachel Herrmann, University of Southampton - Welcome

Christer Petley, University of Southampton - Dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot’: Hamilton, the Caribbean and teaching the British Atlantic world

Tom Cutterham, New College, Oxford - The ‘Amiable’ Angelica Schuyler Church

Rachel Herrmann, University of Southampton - Philip Schuyler’s Indian Policy

Daniel Peart, Queen Mary University of London - Alexander Hamilton and Maria Reynolds: The First American Sex Scandal


Adam Smith, University College London - What happens next? Hamilton today




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