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Hamilton and the Law: Reading Today's Most Contentious Legal Issues through the Hit Musical

Lisa A. Tucker


Since its Broadway debut, Hamilton: An American Musical has infused itself into the American experience: who shapes it, who owns it, who can rap it best. Lawyers and legal scholars, recognizing the way the musical speaks to some of our most complicated constitutional issues, have embraced Alexander Hamilton as the trendiest historical face in American civics. This book offers a revealing look into the legal community's response to the musical, which continues to resonate in a country still deeply divided about the reach of the law. Intellectual property scholars share their thoughts on Hamilto ... More

Keywords: Alexander Hamilton, American civics, domestic violence, race, Second Amendment, musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Founding Fathers

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501752216
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501752216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa A. Tucker, editor
Drexel University

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Part 1 “And so the American Experiment Begins”: The Constitution and the Three Branches of Government

6 Hamilton

Paul M. Secunda

Part 2 “America, You Great Unfinished Symphony”

7 Hamilton’s America—and Ours

Kermit Roosevelt III

9 Two Oaths

Jill I. Goldenziel

Part 3 “We’ll Never Be Truly Free”: Hamilton and Race

Part 4 “I’m ’a Compel Him to Include Women in the Sequel”

15 When Your Job Is to Marry Rich

Kimberly Mutcherson

Part 5 “Immigrants, We Get the Job Done”

Part 6 “The Ten Duel Commandments”

24 Elections as Duels

Joshua A. Douglas

25 Modern-Day Protests

Kimberly Jade Norwood

Part 7 “Who Tells Your Story?”

Part 8 “What Is a Legacy?”: Lessons from Hamilton beyond the Libretto

30 “Cabinet Battle #1”

Erwin Chemerinsky

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