Never gon’ be president now! Never thought I’d see the day where I was drawing pictures of the First Secretary of the US Treasury and King George III, but the Hamilton soundtrack has forced my hand. I have the honour to be your Obedient Servant, M dot Barr’.

Valid Reasons to be Upset About the Money Change:

  1. This was supposed to get Andrew Jackson off of the $20.00. He’s a symbol of racism, genocide, southern power, and manifest destiny, as well as a terrible economist, who should never have graced the currency in the first place.
  2. Out of all the Problematic Dead White Dudes on money, Alexander Hamilton is probably the least problematic in terms of racial politics. He was an abolitionist, was for arming slaves to fight in the Revolution in exchange for freedom, was a member of the Manumission Society, had surprisingly enlightened views on racial equality for his time, supported the Haitian Revolution, and helped New York end slavery. Also he was the first Secretary of the Treasury.
  3. Racist crank Thomas Jefferson is still on the $2.00.
  4. As a Nevisian, Hamilton is the only foreign-born immigrant on American bills. The fact that they picked him is the latest in a long, long history of attacks on Hamilton’s Americanism. 
  5. One cannot make the argument that they went after one of the non-presidents, since Benjamin Franklin is on the $100.00.
  6. The fact that they left Jackson and Jefferson alone and picked the least problematic guy was probably intentional.
  7. They didn’t have the decency to just get rid of him period. The first woman on the American dollar bills will be sharing her spot with a man.
  8. By saying it doesn’t matter which man the first woman replaces, it’s a faux feminist argument, because it tells men they don’t have to have standards when it comes to the representation of their gender on money. It’s not the fact that Hamilton was replaced: it’s that he was replaced first instead of genocidal maniac Jackson.

Invalid Reasons to be Upset About the Money Change:

  1. A woman is going to be on one of the dollar bills.
  • Alexander Hamilton:Let me tell you something about Aaron Burr. We were best friends in the revolution. I know, right? It's so embarrassing. I don't even... Whatever. So then in 1789, I started working as Secretary of the Treasury with General Washington who was totally gorgeous but then he stepped down from office, and Burr was like, weirdly jealous of him. Like, if I would blow him off to hang out with Washington or the other delegates, he'd be like, "Why didn't you invite me into the room where it happens?" And I'd be like, "Why are you so obsessed with me?" So then, for the election of 1800, which was between Jefferson and Burr, I was like, "Burr, I can't endorse you, because I think you're a pushover." I mean, we couldn't have a pushover in office. There were gonna be people in there deciding the *future of our country*. I mean, right? He was a PUSHOVER. So then he wrote me a letter and started yelling at me, it was so retarded. And then he challenged me to a duel because no one would talk to him, and he came back in the summer, and we went to New Jersey and he was totally weird, and now I guess he's the villain in your history.
  • Alexander Hamilton:I love the first floor of City Hall at night, when all the fluorescents are half off. It just makes the informational flyers look so beautiful.
  • John Adams:I have never willingly been here later than 5:04pm

Lin-Manuel Miranda Thought ‘Hamilton’ Would Only Appeal to History Teachers (Forbes):

What surprised you most about the Hamilton phenomenon?

Um, everything. Honestly. I knew we’d be a hit with history teachers. Everything else has been sort of a surprise.

Do you have a process, a formula, for your creative work?

Not really. One of the best things about the success of Hamilton is that this is an idea that sounds crazy when you say it in one sentence. I had that experience over and over again. When I performed the first song at the White House, on that YouTube video in 2009, I said, “Someone who embodies hip-hop, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton,” and the room laughed. Then by the end of the song they’re in it because they’re sucked into the story. Which is what happened to me. I picked up Ron Chernow’s [biography of Hamilton] and I got sucked into the story. I had the idea when I grabbed Ron’s book to read on vacation.

What are the lessons there?

One: You can have good ideas when you take a break from what you’re normally doing and don’t just go 100 miles an hour. Two: Really trusting my gut. I won a Tony with In the Heights. I got offered movie adaptations of musicals. I got offered a lot of Latin-theme stuff. But I had faith that the idea I was chasing with Hamilton would be worthwhile.

It takes years to make a musical. So I’ve got to choose projects knowing that even if they open and close in a day, I will not regret the time I spent on them. And so you can’t choose on what you think is going to be a financial success. You’ve got to pick the idea that excites you and inspires you to write.


How have digital media like Spotify affected your approach?

What’s been interesting is that Hamilton has proliferated in the age of social media. I believe the magic of theater is that we are all in the same room having the same experience. I think people really crave that communal experience. But I also saw what happened when the cast album came out. It was first streamed for free on NPR, and people started freaking out when they heard it then, and then it was on sale later that week. And streaming it for free didn’t hurt the sales at all—it whetted people’s appetite. So that was fascinating.

Then there was the #Ham4Ham experience. Our plan was always to have a lottery outside the theater for the front row, sell the front row seats for $10. Ham for Ham: You pay a Hamilton to see Hamilton. And 700 people showed up to our first lottery drawing—that is an insane amount of people. I was there watching this crowd grow, I got a megaphone and said, “Thank you so much for coming, I love you very much, goodbye.” And my collaborator Tommy Kail said, “There’s 20 people who got the tickets and 680 people who are just going to be sent disappointed into the streets of New York. You should grab the megaphone before every lottery drawing.” That became the #Ham4Ham show and this de facto talent show. I brought in actors from other theaters and some of my musical theater heroes. It could be anything from Jonathan Groff and I singing songs we sang in middle school, to dancers from the New York City Ballet doing a solo in the streets of New York. And then as people filmed that, and that went online, that became this extra experience for fans.

What we created almost by accident is this community of people who are very invested in the show and invested in the people who work on the show, and also the sort of “only in New York” moments that we create outside the box office.

What are you listening to these days?

I’m listening to the new Aesop Rock album. I think that’s one of my favorite hip-hop albums this year. I have an advance copy of Regina Spektor’s new album, which is incredible. It’s not out yet but she sent it to me and it’s blowing my mind. That’s kind of it.

We’re halfway to 75% done with this thing called the Hamilton Mixtape, which is going to come out in October. We turned to a lot of the artists who inspired me when I was writing Hamilton and said, “Okay how does Hamilton inspire you, and what does it inspire you to create?” Some are covers of Hamilton songs and some of them are inspired by Hamilton, but they’re totally their own thing. It has been a dream-come-true experience. I get to work with Busta Rhymes, Regina Spektor, Sia, Queen Latifah, and Common, and a lot of my hip-hop heroes, and heroes in the music world. So we’re figuring out what that thing is. You know, I’m being very laissez-faire about it. We’re saying, “What does this inspire you to do?” and then they turn in stuff, and it sort of blows our minds, and we go, “Okay, where does this go on the mixtape?” That’s been an enormously joyous project.


LMM’s take on Hamilton’s take on the current election season in the full article & the hardcopy of the article will be in the October 1 issue of Forbes!

  • Teacher:okay who here knows about Alexander Hami-
  • Me:You mean Ham the Man? Oh well you see he was the first Secretary of the Treasury due to his position under Washington in the American Revolution. He founded the First National Bank never mind the fact he was a bastard son who never knew his father and who's mother died at a young age. And-
  • Teacher:how do you-
  • Me:shhhhhhhh did I mention how he was gay for John Laurens, fellow revolutionary and all around cinnamon roll?
  • Teacher:....
  • Class:...
  • Me:... And I mean REALLY gay

if ur trying to get ur friends into hamilton here are some good reasons to convince them:

  • it’s about treasury secretary alexander hamilton but get this………he was actually really badass?????
  • non-white actors playing white ass founding fathers
  • the coolest dancing on broadway since newsies closed
  • the best song for a female trio since heathers closed
  • the slickest internal rhymes EVER (”i’m the oldest and the wittiest and the gossip in new york city is insidious”)
  • the saddest song in broadway history is in this musical
  • lyrics such as: “turn around bend over i’ll show you where my shoe fits” “sit down john you fat motherBLEEEEEEEP” and other choice selections
  • cabinet rap battles CABINET RAP BATTLES
  • just get them to listen to helpless + satisfied it will do the trick
  • john laurens
  • beyonce watched it one time
  • just do it

225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.

Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to grant authors and inventors exclusive rights to their work, in order “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.” On March 11, 1790, the Senate began considering H.R. 41, an Act to Promote the Progress of the Useful Arts. The bill proposed a board of patent commissioners, composed of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of War, and the Attorney General, to evaluate inventions for merit and originality. Additionally, it mandated a 14 year expiration date on patents and established patent filing procedures. The President signed the bill into law on April 10.

H.R. 41, an Act to Promote the Progress of the Useful Arts, 3/11/1790, SEN1A-C1, Records of the U.S. Senate

A female face will soon grace the $20 bill, keeping U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton on the $10 note, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce late Wednesday.

The historical woman chosen to go on the bill: Harriet Tubman, the African-American abolitionist most famous for her role in helping slaves escape through the “Underground Railroad.”

Tubman, a former slave, will be replacing Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president and a former slave owner.

A Treasury spokesperson announced that Lew will make the announcement Wednesday, after markets close.

The original plan for getting a female face on U.S. currency has changed drastically in recent months.

The agency was initially expected to announce which woman would be appearing on the $10 bill by the end of last year – a move that drew fierce backlash in part because of Alexander Hamilton’s recent popularity.

Shades of Autumn

Ship: Alex x Reader
Word count: 723
Request: 6 for hammy ham x reader
6: “You can’t die. Please don’t die.”
Note: this is short but here we go

It was a nice autumn’s night, the leaves outside red and orange. It was a bit chilly, but not too chilly. The sky was clear without a cloud dotting it, the stars sparkling and the moon shining bright.

You were sitting on a bench in front of a dazzling lake, drinking some warm coffee and enjoying the view when suddenly someone covered your eyes with their cold hands. “Guess who it is?” you heard said person say, an all too familiar voice.

You laughed. “Hmmm….” you said as if wondering. “John?”

“Guess again.”


“Don’t make me fight you.”

You couldn’t help the laughter that made its way through your lips. “Could it be? Alexander Hamilton? Out here? Away from his desk?”

He playfully slapped your shoulder before giving you a warm kiss on the cheek. You tilted your head back to look at him, only this time to be met with a kiss on the lips. You couldn’t help but smile into the kiss.

He pulled back and made his way around the bench to sit besides you. He had on a brown sweater and a red scarf that looked all too good on him, his hair slightly messy and falling around his face which held a smile.

“Isn’t it rather late?” he asked, arching his eyebrows.

“Not too late,” you said, taking a sip of your coffee. “It’s nice out, I thought I might enjoy the view.”

“Hope you don’t mind me joining you then,” he smiled.

“Of course not,” you replied, enjoying his presence.

He wrapped and arm around you and pulled you closer. You two sat there for quite a while, talking, laughing, sometimes just silent. Whenever you two were together you’d lose yourself in the moment, not even taking notice of the time ticking by.

You leaned your head against his shoulder, listening as he told you stories about when he lived in Nevis. Although it was tough for him growing up there, he had quite some tales to tell of his hometown, and he knew you loved hearing them. Honestly, you just loved hearing him talk. You loved the sound of his voice.

“It’s gotten pretty late,” he finally said, kissing your forehead. “And you’ve gotten pretty tired. How about heading home now?”

You shook your head. “I’m not tired. Let’s stay a bit more.”

He laughed. He knew you well enough to know that you were very well damn tired. “Come on, I’ll walk you home.”

He got up, helping you up as well. He had an arm around you the entire time you two walked, continuing his story as you made your way down small path leading to the sidewalk.

“It doesn’t sound like Nevis was too bad of a place,” you finally said.

“It’s not,” he replied. “If you’ve got
money. Don’t get me wrong, the place is gorgeous. Some pretty great people there too. There just wasn’t a future for me down there.”

You nodded in understanding. Even if he could make a living there, after having gone what he went through, you could understand why he’d want to leave.

You kissed him on the cheek and you two proceeded walking in silence, appreciating the comfort of each other’s presence. Everything was great.

It was all great until that loud BOOM came, and the next thing you knew you were shouting,“Alex!” as he collapsed to the ground, a bullet lodged in between his ribs.

Everything after that was a blur until the ambulance came. Some people who were walking around came to help, others fled. Someone called the ambulance as you were kneeling besides Alex, desperately trying to keep him from loosing consciousness from the blood loss, your vision blurred with tears.

Oh god, please no.

“You can’t die. Please don’t die,” you choked out the words while holding back a sob, cupping his cheek with your hand. He was weak but he managed to cover your hand with his.

When the ambulance arrived they escorted him away. You tried to convince them to let you go with him but they wouldn’t allow it, instead having the police hold you back as you cried, trying to calm you down.

You buried your face in your hands, dread and the fear of losing Alex washing over you. He can’t die, he couldn’t die.


225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.

On February 2, 1790 the Senate received a petition from printer Francis Bailey asking Congress to patent his innovative printing techniques for preventing counterfeiting. Bailey’s petition was referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton who reported back to Congress on February 23 that Bailey should be issued “exclusive right” to use his invention.

On March 2 the Senate was sent H.R. 44, an act to give Francis Bailey the exclusive right to use his invention. This was the only patent petition received by the First Congress to result in a private bill. However, the Senate never voted on the bill because of the passage of the Patents Act on April 10, which provided the Patents Commission the ability to issue patents. Bailey’s patent application was placed through the Patents Commission. He was issued a patent for his invention on January 29, 1791.

H.R. 44, an Act to Vest in Francis Bailey, 3/2/1790, SEN1A-C1, Records of the U.S. Senate

Treasury’s Lew to announce Hamilton to stay on $10 bill


Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday will announce a decision to keep Alexander Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill and put leaders of the movement to give women the right to vote on the back of the bill, sources tell POLITICO.

Treasury will also announce that it plans to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the sources said. There will also be changes to the $5 bill to depict civil rights era leaders.

The announcement will come after Lew’s decision to replace Hamilton, the first Treasury Secretary and a pop-culture icon following the Broadway musical that bears his name, with a woman on the front of the ten met with major resistance.

Lew told POLITICO last July that Treasury was exploring ways to respond to critics. “There are a number of options of how we can resolve this,” Lew said. “We’re not taking Alexander Hamilton off our currency.”