I took a trip to NYC in May and visited Hamilton’s Grange Mansion. It was a lovely home that he really didn’t get a chance to live in much. The atmosphere was a pleasant, quiet one. The handsome bust in the foyer caused me to pause in contemplation. Alexander’s expression seems so confident, charming, and stubborn. Most busts at the time depict stoic visages staring past you into some distant future only they can see, but Hamilton looks straight ahead, sure of himself, knowing full well what he’s seeing–and with a small smirk to boot. All I could think about was Eliza’s grieving adoration of that face. Make time to see this place if you’re planning to visit NYC.
I recently returned from one of the best experiences of my life, a month long trip in Europe funded by the Hoskins Global Scholar Program, specifically to study and write about the places the Marquis de Lafayette went in his lifetime. I was privileged enough to be able to go to Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, and France on my trip, and saw Lafayette’s birthplace, his cemetery, the house he died in, La Grange, the house he spent the latter years of his life in, and every prison he was kept in, which alone spanned three countries. Making the trip, except for my last week in Paris, alone, was sometimes difficult, but I made friends (and reunited with one) along the way, and found the rewards more than worth it. Just looking through the photos to make this post brought back a flood of incredible memories.
I only knew Lafayette’s name in passing before I listened to the musical Hamilton, and through it I rediscovered a love of history I had nearly forgotten I had, one convincing enough to make me change my minor, likely pursue an advanced degree in the subject, and to convince a board of trustees to give me the scholarship that made this possible. Without Hamilton I wouldn’t have done any of this, and I just wanted to wholeheartedly thank @linmanuel, Daveed Diggs, and everyone who made Hamilton a reality.
this is a post for stuff that happened to women…. exam tomorrow lol :’)
basically a lot happened
but it’s kind of broken up b/c you have these moments that got more stuff done than others
in 18th century: republican motherhood, cult of domesticity (they were basically the whole thing but the cult of domesticity stayed for a while; republican motherhood was the fact that you had to help you kids become good ppl
quaker women were more equal
abigail adams was like remember the ladies :)
women’s movement first grew from all the antebellum movements
dorthea dix and asylums
abolitionists were often women
but the women’s party split later over abolition
seneca falls convention: mott, stanton, declaration of grievances
many women also for temperance (WCTU created)
sojourner truth, harriet tubman, grimke sisters,
women get more of a home front role during the civil war
women favored by the grange (farmers) movement
1889 settlement houses start (jane addams, hull house (chicago))
19th amd :) (1919)
1916 first congress member! (jeanette rankin)
during both of the world wars, women’s influence and importance on the home front grew (rosie the riveter)
BUT this got worse as men came back from the war; women were now out of work
NOW (national organization for women)
advocacy of the ERA (later not passed, schlafly (conservative) against it)
women back at home during the 1950s, more feminism
I started my tour of Hamilton’s life in reverse order, at his grave-site, in Lower Manhattan. Nestled in the modern cityscape at Broadway and Wall Street is Trinity Church and its ancient graveyard, where the dead date to the 17th century and tombstones read like a who’s who of “Hamilton” characters, on whose graves people now place rocks, coins and other mementos. A succulent houseplant was at the foot of Hamilton’s grave on the April morning of my visit.
At Trinity, Eliza’s grave is next to Hamilton’s and Angelica is thought to be in a nearby vault belonging to the influential Livingston family. Hamilton’s friend, the improbably named Hercules Mulligan, is several plots away.
“We don’t have the official numbers, but we anecdotally know that there’s more people that we see in the churchyard” since the musical opened, Trinity spokeswoman Lynn Goswick told me. Case in point: Our conversation was interrupted by a woman inquiring where Hamilton’s son Philip is buried. (He died in a duel more than two years before his father. The church doesn’t know whether he’s in an unmarked grave or plot somewhere nearby.)
My logical next stop was the ancient dueling grounds in Weehawken, N.J.
A quick Uber ride through the Lincoln Tunnel brought me to the cliff-top Hamilton Park, which stretches along the Hudson River and overlooks the bank where Hamilton was mortally wounded by Vice President Aaron Burr. The exact spot — approximately where Philip also was shot — is lost to history. But the picnic-perfect park reveals a phenomenal Manhattan skyline and a nearby bust of Hamilton marks the rough location where the statesman fell. Placed beside the bust is a rock that, according to legend, Hamilton leaned upon after being shot. People now throw pennies on it.
I asked a man who lives in the house directly opposite the bust whether he had witnessed the same Hamilton mania I had observed at the graveyard in Manhattan. No, he said, because New Yorkers think New Jersey is impossibly far away.
“Hamilton did not die in New Jersey, thank God. That is the worst thing that can happen to a New Yorker. They got him back into a boat. He did make it across to the West Village,” said Jimmy Napoli, who leads Hamilton walking tours, including a “Hamilton’s Wall Street” walk I went on. (For the record, I, too, took a boat back across the Hudson, in a ferry named “Alexander Hamilton.”)
At $50, the walk is a fraction of the musical’s price. And unlike Miranda, who gave his final performance as Hamilton on July 9 (the role is now played by his former understudy, Javier Muñoz), Napoli isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, he has been giving Hamilton tours for decades.
“I have great vision and foresight. Twenty years ago, when I became a tour guide, I said to myself, ‘It’s just a matter of time before somebody writes a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton, and I’m going to be on the ground floor when that happens,’ ” Napoli told my tour group of seven with a laugh. He then went on to pull history from the pavement for three hours, explaining where critical events happened and the founding fathers once lived, spots now mostly covered by high-rise buildings.
With his fast-paced New York gusto, Napoli’s could be the second best “Hamilton” show in town.
His favorite tour spot is Federal Hall, site of the First U.S. Congress, as well as the first Supreme Court and executive branch offices. But for me, the highlight was the room where it happens, the very location where Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Hamilton held a private meeting in which the two Virginians agreed to round up congressional support for Hamilton’s plan for national assumption of state debts in return for Hamilton rounding up support to move the capital to Washington. The room, which was in Jefferson’s house, no longer exists, built over by yet another office building.
My next stop would be a house with rooms where a lot of things happened: the only home Hamilton ever owned, his Grange estate. But not before saying goodbye to my tour at Fraunces Tavern, where the nascent Treasury Department once leased rooms and both Burr and Hamilton attended a meeting one week before their duel.
Over lunch, William Carter, a dad from Fredericksburg, Va., who brought his teenage daughter, Kayla, told us how at first he had doubts: “I said ‘Rap and Hamilton? How dare you,’ ” but then was won over.
As Napoli put it, not only has Miranda “made Hamilton cool with the kids, I’ve got 80-year-old women from the South rapping in my face, which is really surreal.”
With that, I headed uptown to the Grange, Hamilton’s Federal-style house in Harlem in the shadows of what today is the City College of New York.
“Our visitation numbers have skyrocketed since the play came out and the demographics of the people have changed,” said park guide Gregory Mance, who explained that history majors and school groups have given way to “everybody.”
question: besides phillip dying, what was happening to hamiton in the time between the election of 1800 and the 1804 duel?
Quite much. Both George Washington and his father James Hamilton had died in 1799. His army that he had worked so hard on was disbanded. His party tore itself apart because he and John Adams always assumed the worst of each other, leading to Jefferson ascending to the presidency. After Philip was shot in 1801, he found God again; he’d been very religious when he was a teenager (presumably due to the influence of Reverend Hugh Knox) tho until 1801, he was more like a Christmas/Easter Christian than anything, but now he starts to get really, really religious, like mixing it with his politics religious. So for a while, while he was going through a lot of grief, he wasn’t really at his A game.
He spent his time on his legal career. He famously defended Harry Croswell, a Federalist journalist who had been convicted of libel for saying Jefferson hired journalists to smear the Washington and Adams administrations. This was also the time Hamilton bought his first house, the Grange, and spent a lot of time and money investing into it.
Tho he was fallen from politics he remained invested in both the federal and state elections. He was so certain Jefferson would do something to make him unpopular enough that he would lose the 1804 election - but then the Louisiana Purchase happened. At the New York level, he just did everything in his power to keep Burr from getting elected into any position. He opened up his own newspaper, The New-York Evening Post (yes THAT New-York Post). He also did his best to stop what he saw as a plot among other High Federalists - including his friend Timothy Pickering - to take New England and New York, and secede from the Union rather than stay under Jefferson’s presidency.
1800-1804 wasn’t a very good time for Hamilton. Though people who knew him suggested he was getting better again and improving by 1804, one could say he died on a low.
Why is opera so inaccessible and is there anything I can do to see more opera but not pay lots of money? x
Opera does have a reputation as being arguably the most elitist art form due to the sheer expense of the production and therefore ticket prices. Recently, I attempted to book tickets to see Jonas Kaufmann in Carmen. However, not being a member of the Royal Opera House (due to its £1000 yearly fee) I could not access tickets until the student booking opened when the cheapest ticket left was £162! Although obviously this is pretty elitist, there are ways you can beat the elitism that sadly does still remain!
Although elitism remains in mainstream opera; I would say there was more of a stereotype that opera is inaccessible, more true to say that it’s simply hard to find out the ways to access it! In my experience, it is possible to see mainstream opera companies perform if you go about it in the right way.
So here is my guide to myth-busting ways you can get to see mainstream opera for a cheaper price:
(reblog etc to get the message out! It’s a message that needs to be heard! Part of my on going crusade for the opera revolution!!):
2. Go on a different night of the week - tickets are at a premium on Friday and Saturday night, go for a different day and prices in many opera houses are lower.
3. Go for cheaper seats - Both English National and Royal Opera sell some incredibly cheap tickets, around £6-11 in the upper slips which I thoroughly recommend! Amphitheatre/slip prices are incredibly reasonable, and due to the nature of the acoustics in the opera house, the sound is very similar where ever you sit!
4. See an opera at a regional theatre - Opera North, Glyndebourne and English Touring opera produce nationwide productions of brilliant quality. Due to them being in a smaller local theatre, prices are nowhere near as extortionate as in London or at opera houses.
5. See a more unheard of cast - if you don’t want to see a big “opera star”, prices for good tickets are usually reasonable; you’ll be able to see a wonderful production for as much as a West End theatre ticket costs - even if it’s not Jonas Kaufmann!
6. (However if you really do want to see Kaufmann..) Become a friend of the company/theatre - although the initial price is high (for some rather staggering!), discounts, bonuses and offers are available meaning that if you are a regular opera goer you’re likely to benefit from it - as well as access to early booking!
7. Royal Opera House/English National returns - very often tickets are bought in bulk for corporations and the tickets are not used up, on the day of the performance it is likely you’ll be able to get a ticket cheaper than you otherwise would be able to (although he Royal Opera is not as elitist as you may think with 40% of tickets under £40 and 56 different seat types.) If you queue up from 10 A.M at ROH, most performances have 67 tickets released on the morning of the performance - meaning that you can benefit from very reduced and usually decent tickets!
8. Keep your eyes peeled for offer codes -although these are rare, if you get one they can offer significant reductions on top price seats
Hopefully if more people knew about these then opera would not have the reputation it has! xx