Musical American History: The American Revolution in 1776 and Hamilton

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Musical American History: The American Revolution in 1776 and Hamilton


WEDNESDAYS at 11:00 A.M. (ends at noon)

This history class will explore the early years of American history (roughly 1770 - 1800) as portrayed in the popular Broadway musicals 1776 and Hamilton.  We will talk about the actual history behind the entertainment, and how it relates to what's going on in our world today.

What students will get out of the class

  • Students will gain a greater understanding of the historical events that led up to the American Revolution and how our country was formed in the early years post-Revolution
  • Students will learn more about our Founding Fathers and the beliefs that caused them to fight for independence
  • Students will explore both sides of key political and philosophical questions of the period (strong federal government vs. states' rights, wealthy investors vs. the 'ordinary citizen', intervention vs. isolation) that still inform political debate today

What students should be prepared to put into the class

  • Students will be asked to keep up with assignments outside of class, including watching the movie 1776, listening to the Broadway cast recording of Hamilton, and completing various readings (both online and in texts assigned for the class)
  • Students should be prepared to participate in class discussion
  • There will be written weekly journal assignments and an (optional) end-of-class presentation exploring the differences between history as presented in the textbooks and history as presented in entertainment
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Required materials: Students will need the following materials:

For the above, students may purchase new or used copies, or use library copies, or whatever else may be convenient.  PLEASE NOTE that the Hamilton recording does contain explicit language and references to adult situations.  If you have questions or concerns about the content of any class materials, please let me know.

In addition, online access is required for videos, short reading assignments, etc.


About the teacher: Suzanne Rezelman was a software engineer for several years before making the switch to full-time homeschooling mom.  As a mother of four (the eldest of whom is following in mom's footsteps by attending Georgia Tech to study computer science this fall), she's spent over 15 years as a homeschool teacher, and has been able to indulge her love of literature, history, and all things nerdy along the way.  Please feel free to contact her at with any questions about the class.