HIS 100-A History Has its Eyes on You: The Revolutionary History Behind "Hamilton": An American Musical (History Cornerstone)


Course Details

  • Online
  • 8 Weeks | May 29 - Jul 20
  • 3 Credits | Cost: $1425.00
  • Online myHill Registration | April 9 – May 22
  • Online Payment is Due at Time of Registration

Course Description

The hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” has inspired audiences around the world with its hip-hop styled interpretation of the life and times of Alexander Hamilton and his band of revolutionary brothers. But how familiar are we with the actual history the musical presents? This course examines both the irreverent musical and the revolutionary history that informs it, analyzing the biographies and historical contexts of Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, George Washington, Elizabeth and Angelica Schuyler, and the famous duel that ended one founder's life and another’s promising career. We will look at the complicated personalities and politics of these figures and analyze “who lives, who dies, who tells your story."

Additional Information

  • Fulfills the History Cornerstone General Education Requirement.
  • Does not count towards Elementary Education licensure.
  • Faculty will contact all students after the May 22nd registration deadline with course instructions. Students should expect to dedicate approximately 17 hours of course related work per week.

Course Instructor

Linzy Brekke-Aloise

Associate Professor of History

Gender & Sexuality Studies Program Director

Professor Brekke-Aloise specializes in United States history between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Her research focuses on consumer and material culture, and the intersection of fashion and capitalism in the Early Republic. She consults with museums and historic homes such as Mount Vernon to interpret the period of the nation’s founding. She is working on a new project Founding Fathers and Daughters and a book that explores science, gender, and the struggles of women to gain acceptance at Harvard University. She serves on the standing committees of American Studies and Gender Studies and is the program director for Gender and Sexuality Studies.