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Historians irked by musical ‘Hamilton’ escalate their duel

February 4, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since the historical musical “Hamilton” began its march to near-universal infatuation, one group has noticeable withheld its applause — historians.

Many academics argue the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the star of our $10 bills, is a counterfeit. Now they’re escalating their fight.

Renowned writer Ishmael Reed has chosen to fight fire with fire — collecting his critique of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed show into a play.

Reed’s “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda” is an uncompromising take-down of “Hamilton,” reminding viewers of the Founding Father’s complicity in slavery and his war on Native Americans.

Reed is part of a wave of “Hamilton” skeptics — often solitary voices of dissent — who have written journal articles, newspaper op-eds and a 2018 collection of essays, “Historians on Hamilton.”

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