• White people:Omg. So just because he was a "racist" and a "slaveowner" and "helped wage genocide against Native Americans", he wasn't a good person? He was still our President. Leave him alone.
  • White people:Omg. So just because he was a "racist" and "beat the shit out of both of his wives" he was a bad person. He's still John Lennon. He was like, an activist. Do your research, Blackie and leave him alone.
  • *Two minutes later*
  • White people:I heard he stole some cigarillos. He deserved to die.
  • White people:He was selling illegal cigarettes. He deserved to die.
  • White people:He smoked weed. He deserved to die.

The Cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s HAMILTON

AKA the cast of unparalleled hotness

From the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning In The Heights comes a wildly inventive new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda wields his pen and takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is.

From bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, HAMILTON is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become.

Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail directs this new musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down. HAMILTON is produced with the support of Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, and Jill Furman.

HAMILTON runs from January 20 - March 22, 2015

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February 22nd 1837: Jackson’s cheese reception

On this day in 1837, U.S. President Andrew Jackson held a reception at the White House where he served a 1,400-pound block of cheese to members of the public. Elected in 1828, Jackson was the embodiment of a new kind of American governance based on the vote of the common man - Jacksonian Democracy. Many of his supporters saw his brand of politics, which was focused on an ideal agrarian republic of small farmers, as an inheritor of the nation’s third President - Thomas Jefferson. During Jefferson’s term, one of his admirers from Cheshire, MA. resolved to make the President the largest cheese imaginable. The cow-owners of the town joined together to create a 1,600-pound block of cheese, which was bought to Washington D.C. and presented to Jefferson in the White House East Room. Several years later, Jackson’s supporters decided to award him with his own block of cheese. A prosperous New York farmer named Thomas Meacham led the project, and the giant cheese was exhibited around Northern cities including New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, before being presented at the White House. During an 1837 reception on Washington’s birthday Jackson, in desperation with what to do with such a mammoth cheese, invited thousands of citizens to come and eat the cheese. Two weeks later, the increasingly feeble Jackson stepped down as President upon the inauguration of his successor, Martin Van Buren. The event resurfaced in national attention when it was mentioned in political drama The West Wing, which has inspired an annual event held by the White House where they invite members of the public to send questions to the administration via social media.

"The air was redolent with cheese, the carpet was slippery with cheese, and nothing else was talked about at Washington that day"
- Benjamin Perley Poore in Perley’s Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis (1886)