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politicians to get cheap political points. Immigrants have been present and necessary since the founding of our country. I think it’s also a nice reminder that any fight we’re having right now, politically, we already had it 200-some odd years ago.” “What do you think is the role of artists in either shaping our national history or our sense of history at large?” “I think it’s entirely self-participatory. Here’s the thing about artists—their job is to fall in love for a living. Like, you could commission me to go write a historical fiction, a historical musical. If I’m not in love with it and I don’t know how to get myself into the characters. You can’t assign falling in love, because it takes falling in love to write a musical. I’ve been writing this thing for seven years. You’ve got to be able to go into that work lovingly, willingly. So it’s very hard to dictate what the artist’s role should be.”
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The PBS article brought up the point that Hamilton’s popularity influenced the U.S. Treasury’s decision to keep Hamilton on the $10 bill. Miranda tweeted, “I talked to @USTreasury about this on Monday. Sec. Lew told me "you're going to be very happy." #wegetthejobdone” “America’s currency is a way for our nation to make a statement about who we are and what we stand for,” Sec. Lew stated, “Our paper bills—and the images of great American leaders and symbols they depict—have long been a way for us to honor our past and express our values.” Hamilton shattered sales album records. The “ Hamilton ” cast album had the highest debut for any Broadway cast album since 1963, hitting No. 12 and selling more than 50,000 copies its first week. It’s still on the charts more than four months later. Selling CDs is fine, but the coin of the realm these days is downloads and streams. “ Hamilton ” is no slacker there, either: Its songs were streamed 16 million times that first week, and the album — which is more than two hours long — was still in iTunes’ top 25 as of February 10. Hamilton was nominated for more Tony Awards than any musical in history. The 16 Tony nominations for “ Hamilton ” broke the record shared by “The Producers” (2001) and “Billy Elliot” (2009), each nominated for 15 prizes. With 12 Tonys, “The Producers” is the winningest show of all time. Last September, Miranda was awarded a $625,000 MacArthur "Genius Grant," and in April, he won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Two weeks after the Pulitzer announcements, the show earned a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, and its box office has been similarly off the charts. Recently, Lin-Manuel Miranda sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview as part of OWN's SuperSoul Sessions. As he began to discuss bringing Hamilton to Puerto Rico, where Miranda’s family is from, he said, “It's impossible to talk about this without crying, so I'm just
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going to cry while I talk.” “I knew I was taking Hamilton to Puerto Rico the second we got our
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  • Spring '18
  • Mrs. Root
  • English, Essay, Honors, Expository, The Rolling Stone Interview, Founding Fathers of the United States

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