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Millionth thought about “Burn” I’ve had this month: Eliza goes for Hamilton’s jugular – but not by repeating the insults we’ve heard before, (arrogant, loud mouthed, obnoxious, son of a whore, bastard, etc…) She rips Hamilton up on the thing he’s most known for, what he’s most proud of – his WRITING. His SENSELESS sentences, his SELF OBSESSED and PARANOID tone. She’s tearing him up about not just the CONTENT of the Reynolds Pamphlet, but the way in which he wrote it. She takes the time in the middle of her rage to mock his style, which is such a rap battle move. 

And what is she going to do with all of the beautiful writing he gave her over the years, his letters? 

Burn them. 

I think about this LITERALLY of the time. About how she pushes the button she knows will kill him.

“not only did you totally drag our names through the mud, and ruin our reputation, it wasn’t. even. your. best. work.”

^^^^^^^^^ killed ‘em ^^^^^^^^^

Okay but that isn’t even the most hardcore part:

The entire play is a fourth wall-breaking battle for narrative control of personal and professional legacy. That’s what it’s about. Conventional wisdom — and basic logic — states that history is written by the winners. Hamilton: An American Musical shows us the battle for that proverbial quill.

Literally the first song tells us “His enemies destroyed his rep/America forgot him” because up until the release of this play, Alexander Hamilton’s legacy was mostly overlooked by the average American, largely thanks to folks like Jefferson and Madison underselling his contributions after he died.

(This is also why Jefferson isn’t shy and awkward in the play. While that would have been historically accurate, the point is that the modern perception of Jefferson is that he’s a Big Fucking Deal. Because he made himself look that way.)

So the characters on stage are constantly fighting to make their version of events the version of events.

Burr is the narrator because this is his opportunity to tell his side of things. “History obliterates in every picture it paints, it paints me in all my mistakes.” He’s saying that in the end he LOST the fight for narrative control. And yet — and here’s the fucking amazing part — the mere act of explaining this to the audience CHANGES OUR PERCEPTION OF BURR and alters his place in history. God Lin is too smart for his own goddamn good.

(“History has its eyes on you,” Washington says, putting a very fine point on things. And if you don’t think he also means there’s an audience sitting watching this play, you’re not paying attention.)

So, let’s talk about Alexander, his obsession with legacy, and his tried and true method for controlling the narrative:


In “Hurricane” he says “I’ll write my way out! Write everything down far as I can see! … Overwhelm them with honesty! This is the eye of the hurricane, this is the only way I can protect my legacy!”

“It doesn’t work” you might say, going by the contents of “The Reynolds Pamphlet.” Except… it kinda does. “At least he was honest with our money!” the company sings. Which was really Alexander’s main concern, after all. Think of his priorities in “We Know” where his first instinct is to gloat because “You have nothing!” It’s not until a beat later that he even considers Eliza.

He published the Reynolds Pamphlet because he didn’t want people to think he was disloyal to the United States. His concern was with his professional legacy. And in that sense… he succeeded.

(He succeeded in another way, too. Listen to “Say No To This.” (God I could write a 40 page paper on that song alone.) This is where we actually hear the contents of the Reynolds Pamphlets. And how does the song begin? With Burr explicitly handing narrative control to Alexander Hamilton. “And Alexander’s by himself. I’ll let him tell it.”

Every line of dialogue from Maria is prefaced with Hamilton saying “she said.” That’s because HAMILTON IS WRITING HER DIALOGUE. Hamilton is creating this character of a sultry seductress in red, coming to him when he was weak and luring him to adultery. Maria Reynolds in the play not a character, she’s a fantasy, created to excuse Hamilton’s transgressions.

It’s worth noting at this juncture that Maria Reynolds, the real woman, wrote her own pamphlet. No one would publish it. She was silenced. And Hamilton’s depiction of her as a morally corrupt temptress became the dominant narrative.

So suck on that literally any time you want to fucking blame Maria for Hamilton’s affair: good job, you’ve bought into a serial adulterer’s lies about a battered woman. Also don’t do that, I swear to god I will come for you.)

SO. What does any of this have to do with Burn?

In the very end, it’s revealed that it wasn’t Jefferson or Burr or Hamilton in control of the Almighty Narrative.

It was Eliza.

The very last second of the play is Alexander Hamilton turning Eliza to face the audience. She sees the people watching, and she gasps. Because she did this. She’s the reason this play exists. She’s the reason Lin Manuel Miranda is telling us a damn thing about Alexander Hamilton, she’s the reason Hamilton got a massively popular zeitgeist musical.

Now. Throughout the course of the play Eliza sees all these people weaving their important stories and she thinks she’s somehow… outside. She’s not a statesman, she’s not brilliant like Angelica, she’s just a wife and a mother and she has no place among these giants. At one point she LITERALLY ASKS HER HUSBAND TO BE INCLUDED I’M GONNA SCREAM.

And yet she never had to ask. She was in control the whole time.

And how, how did she do it? How did she “keep” Alexander’s “flame?” By collecting and preserving everything he WROTE, of course. Making sense of it all. She spent fifty years on the project. Everything she collected BECAME THE NARRATIVE.

But you know what wasn’t in there?

That’s right: those letters she burned.


And not just any piece. “You built me palaces out of paragraphs, you built cathedrals,” she sings. In “Hurricane” Hamilton lists his letters to Eliza among his greatest accomplishments, (conflating his writing them with actually BEING HER HUSBAND, god what a self-centered prick). “I wrote Eliza love letters until she fell.”

Eliza says: “I’m burning the memories, burning the letters that might have redeemed you.”

The best pieces of Alexander Hamilton: gone.

God I’m gonna go curl up in a ball and freak out about this some more. FUCK.
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Alexander Hamilton: "did they just rhyme father with father and farther?"
Aaron Burr, Sir: "this antisocial man is so done with this overeager puppy and this random ass boyband"
My Shot: the overeager puppy joins the boyband. somehow becomes the front man of the band. they gain lots of fans.
The Story of Tonight: The boyband covers a song from les mis???
The Schuyler Sisters: WHERES YOUR GOD NOW @ boyband.
Farmer Refuted: boyband has a hater. Front man puppy roasts hater before he can he even start to talk.
You'll be back: to be sung draped over a piano with with champagne fake crying into a handkerchief
Right Hand Man: "there's a moment you know... you're fucked. aND THATS RN PEOPLE I SWEAR TO GOD.
A Winters Ball: "20 year old males who drink are gross and do gross 20 year old drunk male things"
Helpless: "this could be the start of something new it feels so right being here with you"
Satisfied: "I've done fucked up"
The Story of Tonight reprise: the boyband gets drunk and harass the antisocial man (again)
wait for it: the song that could get away with going on the radio
Stay Alive: tfw ur dad doesn't trust you to lead an army #relatable
Ten Duel Commandments: "Revolutionary men have fragile pride and I don't know why they were trusted with guns"
Meet Me Inside: "the puppy gets fired because he got mad that his father figure acknowledges the fact that he's a father figure"
That Would Be Enough: "you're not even a father figure you're a legit father"
Guns and Ships: "surprise bitch, tis I le baguette here to win the war"
history has it's eyes on you: I fucked up once. and now it's your turn to.
Yorktown (the world turned upside down): surprise BITch (part 2) herCULES MULLIGAN-
What comes next?: I'm petty as shit.
Dear Theodosia: "Burr imma let you finish but, loOk AT MY SON
Non-Stop: the puppy and boyband have been separated since the war so the puppy decides to go into law then government
What'd I miss: the war??? wtf???
Cabinet Battle #1: "I know more than you" -Ron Swanson
Take A Break: use your fucking commas and don't use child actors to play your children
Say No to This: ... you are singing the word "no" you should be able to say it
The Room Where it Happens: the banjo turn up of the century
Schuyler Defeated: antisocial man and the puppy have a falling out
Cabinet Battle #2: (sips tea) (slowly puts it down and turns)..... you must be out of yoUR GODDAMN MIND IF YOU THINK-
Washington on your side: I am ready to throw punches
One Last Time: I'm tired... I think I'm gonna go home now.
I Know Him: The John Adams Roast begins
The Adams Administration: The Roast continues
We Know: well fuck,we actually didn't know
Hurricane: I will roast myself and save everyone else the trouble of doing it.
The Reynolds Pamphlet: "YOU MUsT BE OUT OF YOUR GOD DAMN MIND" -Angelica, and literally the whole cast
Burn: I have no words, only tears.
Blow us all away: you thought it would be okay... you were wrong.
Stay Alive (reprise): tears intensify
It's Quiet Uptown: full fledged sobbing 2 minutes into the song
The Election of 1800: ham and jefferson roast burr to the point of no return
Your Obedient Servant: the slightly bitchy passive aggressive anthem
Best Of Wives, Best of Women: a single tear because we all know what's gonna happen next
The World Was Wide Enough: "most disputes die and no one shoots" is the biggest goddamn lie in the show
Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story: hello death I welcome thee.
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“It’s important to stay vigilant about the other transgressions going on with Trump, but examining this Hamilton thing isn’t frivolous. This is the country’s future leaders coming from a place of such DEEP insecurity that they can’t handle MILD criticism in a public forum. The press and the president-elect are attempting to shut down a reaction WELL within the rights of those expressing displeasure. If you think this is an isolated incident? That it won’t continue to happen every time free speech is exercised to dissent? I beg to differ. We’re getting our first looks at the character of this administration in power. Let’s not look away… Historically, leaders who abuse power have been extremely insecure, have overreacted to small slights. It’s already starting. And as artists, our work is often considered frivolous, unnecessary, as such it’s often the first to go when the hammer of oppression falls. Theaters closed, books burned, art irreverently depicting those in power prohibited. We’ve seen these warning signs with every rise. Don’t criticize people’s worry just because it’s related to art and not money or policy. It matters. Art matters. The cast of Hamilton made a heartfelt, onstage plea, using their visibility, to a leader that’s supposed to represent ALL of us. To have that rebranded by the president elect and the press as harassment (which is a CRIME by the way) is censorship, plain and simple… Art is our voice. Art is our joy. Art is our resistance. All the most successful oppressors have understood this. Don’t give it up willingly.”
- Tehlor Kay Mejia (via beachdeath)
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So I wanted to see if Ten Duel Commandments and The World Was Wide Enough used the exact same backing, and then this happened


@queen–frostine dude. This is incredible

@thecasualpistachioh Damn

i was mostly okay until the “pick a place to die”/“near the same spot his son died” overlap and it just got worse from there.

holy shit.

this is beautiful and amazing and not okay
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@HamiltonMusical: Tonight, VP-Elect Mike Pence attended #HamiltonBway. After the show, @BrandonVDixon delivered the following statement on behalf of the show.


“We have a message for you, sir. And we hope that you will hear us out. I encourage everyone to pull out your phones and tweet and post, because this message needs to be spread far and wide.

“Vice President Elect Pence, we welcome you, and we truly welcome you for joining us here at Hamilton: An American Musical. We really do.

“We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your administration will not protect us,

“our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us, or uphold our inalienable rights, sir.

“But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and to work on behalf of all of us.

“All. Of. Us.

“Again, we truly thank you for sharing this show. This wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.”

Y’all, take notes, this is the perfect example of why tone policing and respectability politics is B.S.:

Hamilton Cast: *literally thanks Pence for showing up, asks that the administration treats marginalized people like human beings*

Donald Trump: Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.This should not happen! [X] The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize! [X]

Trump supporters: #BoycottHamilton !!!!1!!!!

Wow, I was honestly expecting the actors to rip Mike Pence a new asshole with all the uproar I was hearing about. Instead, I get this. An incredibly nice “Thank you for coming” and politely asking him to treat us like humans. Almost too fucking nice if you ask me cause he doesn’t deserve it.

Instead, they’re still made out to be these assholes that somehow attacked Pence. Wow.

they were so nice. 

I would love to be ‘harassed’ like that. 

Arguably it was the audience that was ‘rude’ by booing; but it doesn’t make nearly as nice a soundbite to say “public disapproves of elected official and makes voice heard,” now, does it?
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Alright, chickadees, I’ve seen a lot of discussion of this topic recently and I feel like it really needs to be set straight, because –– unfortunately –– the general consensus of feminism among figures in American history (especially where they overlap with Hamilton musical characters) is often incorrect. I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but saying things like “John Laurens was a total feminist!” just simply isn’t true. Sorry.

That being said, I figured I would take a few minutes to sum up the opinions on women’s suffrage held by some of the more recognizable faces of the American Revolution.

Luckily for me, @john-laurens already explained why Laurens wasn’t a feminist in this post. Quick recap: Laurens held the standard opinions of where a woman’s place in society was for that time period and never actually spoke out about any women’s rights issues. So, not a feminist.

And not to keep the bad news train going but… Hamilton wasn’t a feminist, either. Hamilton didn’t think women should be allowed to vote (see: Farmer Refuted, the classic “only land-owning men should be allowed to vote” argument), and the way he discusses women, especially to his boyfriend Laurens, is definitely not the way any feminist would speak. In the April 1779 letter from Hamilton to Laurens (yes, that letter), Hamilton describes what he’s looking for in a woman and, well:

Take her description—She must be young, handsome (I lay most stress upon a good shape) sensible (a little learning will do), well bred (but she must have an aversion to the word ton) chaste and tender (I am an enthusiast in my notions of fidelity and fondness) of some good nature, a great deal of generosity (she must neither love money nor scolding, for I dislike equally a termagent and an œconomist). In politics, I am indifferent what side she may be of; I think I have arguments that will easily convert her to mine. As to religion a moderate stock will satisfy me. She must believe in god and hate a saint. But as to fortune, the larger stock of that the better.

Yes, this letter was primarily Hamilton being a cheeky little shit to Laurens about not telling him about his wife (that’s a whole different can of worms; basically Hamilton was upset his boyfriend didn’t tell him he was already married when they’d known each other or, as drunk me put it, had been doing hand stuff for over a year), but there’s clearly language in that portion of the letter indicative of Hamilton’s general lack of respect toward women. Most of that particular letter is him just being ‘yes homo’ to Laurens, but that combined with the fact that he never spoke out for women’s rights is a pretty solid case for Hamilton not being a feminist.

Surprise, surprise, Aaron Burr was actually sort of a feminist. Yeah, he fucked his way through Europe like the plague, but before his Hamilton-related mental breakdown, Burr had married a woman a decade his senior and his intellectual equal. He also made sure his daughter got the best education on offer, and she was often considered one of the most intelligent women in America (though, let’s be honest, that’s her accomplishment and not his). He wasn’t by any means the pinnacle of feminism in the 18th and 19th centuries, but he was better than most of his colleagues at the time.

Thomas Jefferson believed in equal rights for women’s education, but not that they deserved the right to vote. Personally, I don’t think he can be pegged as a feminist given the whole Sally Hemmings situation, so I’m just going to leave it at that. Abigail Adams was a total feminist. And badass. I love her. Her husband John was none of those things. Sorry, John. You sorta suck. Benjamin Tallmadge and Nathan Hale spoke out for women’s rights to equal education while at Yale, and Tallmadge continued to support the women’s rights movement after the war was over.

There are a ton of other people I could get into with this, but this post is getting long already and, honestly, I felt like I’d just touch on a few of the basics. If you’d like a more in-depth analysis (with textual evidence, etc) on these or any other AmRev era historical figures and their views on feminism, just hit me up.

@smaudg, this is the post I was telling you about! Definitely read the links :)
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Hamilton Hijinks @ the National Portrait Gallery

Security only came over once to question our antics, but we didn’t get thrown out, so all-in-all I consider this endeavor a SUCCESS!

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I’m crying.


@ricktimus @ricktimus @ricktimus

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Before their last performance together, the Schuyler sisters came together one last time to sing “For The Longest Time”. 



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