An Evening With Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton

The things you find on youtube!  On the whole I think the actors do a creditable job, but I can imagine how the shades of Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton would react to all this.  First, I can’t accept Hamilton wishing to appear with Jefferson and Madison, two of his political adversaries.  Second, the idea of statesmen giving answers to any questions posed by every Tom, Dick and Harriet in public would have struck them as extremely undignified and dangerous.  Third, the concept of the public learning about their lives by actors in a performance rather than by study and quiet reflection would cause them to declaim on how standards of education had fallen off from their time.  All of them would have been fascinated by the technology of television however.   The past is truly a different country and our clumsy attempts to resurrect it  are just that.

Published in: on December 6, 2009 at 8:40 am  Comments Off on An Evening With Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton  
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