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tv   Award Ceremony for Hamilton  CSPAN  January 3, 2016 6:45pm-8:02pm EST

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ceremony held in new york city where we will hear miranda.lin manuel we will see a performance from the play yard this is about an hour 15 minutes. >> good evening, thank you. sker and i amm baa the president of the gilder lehrman institue of american history. it's my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the 11th presentation of george washington prize. on behalf of the three cohosts of tonight's event. lucas, alsoara president sheila bair, adam .oodhart [applause]
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the cofounders and cochairs richard gilder and lewis lehrman. [applause] founded in 2005, the $50,000 george washington prize is sponsored by our free organization that is awarded each year to the best work about the founding era. this is the first time the washed prize has ever been awarded to a play. [applause] i would add that nobody in this would beone anywhere, surprised that tonight it will be presented to lin manuel miranda for his astonishing hamilton. [applause]
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from lin manuel miranda a bit later. i want to recognize our distinguished guests and friends. bermudaer premier of pamela gordon banks. senator bill bradley. the former u.s. ambassador to the czech republic and ambassador to france greg stapleton and debbie stapleton. we have the former undersecretary to domestic finance mary miller.
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in new york, the president of the new york historical society louise mirrer. the former director of the star center at washington college, and the cofounder of the washington prize ted witmer. tonight, the pilcher prize-winning writer that you pilcher prize-winning runner now --mernow. now a wonderful circuitry that comes to fruition. he was the inaugural winner of the washington prize in 2005 for his alexander hamilton. [applause]
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also here, is the producer of hamilton and the driving force behind the educational outreach in partnership with the rockefeller foundation, it will bring 20,000 new york schoolkids to see the play. jeffrey seller. [applause] people in front of me must be the proudest family members in the world. lin's wife vanessa and his parents, along with the rest of their family. from the cast of the show, we have with us the ultimate alexander hamilton and for many audiences, the only. he performed brilliantly many
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times, javier munoz. [applause] unforgettable hercules mulligan and james madison, both parts. thank you for coming. the understudy to aaron for and george washington, sydney harcourt. george washington himself, chris jackson. [applause] out onet mean to leave other member of the cast, the
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writer, the composer, lead actor, hug them are hamilton, lin manuel miranda. [applause] earlier this month, having just seen hamilton for the third time, new york times writer wrote, i shivered the first time i saw hamilton, the second time released -- partly with -- relief that i had not overestimated it here at -- overestimated it. this time i cried from beginning to end. from neweater critic york writes that way, you know you are in the midst of something special, transformative. lin manuel including miranda careless about the critics reactions and the impact on the show on a special group of guests tonight.
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10 students represent schools from queens, harlem, the bronx, who went to see the show last weekend and met members of the cast afterwards. they are the vanguards of the 20,000 new york city high school students who will see the show over the next 12 months. other not call out all names. could i ask though students to stand and be recognized please. [applause] [applause] during the intervals in the program i will get a chance to talk to some of these young people. all of them are top students in their schools here it -- in their schools. early in the show, addressing his pals, the young hamilton says -- do not be shocked when
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your history book mentions me, i will lay down my life. eventually, you will see my ascendancy. there are many markers of hamilton's ascendancy. they hamilton panel exhibition you saw during the party has been traveling the united states for the past 10 years and has visited 85 different cities. for a fuller account of hamilton's historical ascendancy, it is my pleasure to turn to the cofounder and cochair of the gilder lehrman institue of american history. lewisletterman -- lehrman. [applause]
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>> dear friends of the gilder lehrman institue of american history. of mount vernon, of washington college. we are gathered to celebrate the life of the great man. the great american. alexander hamilton. it was the remarkable chancellor kent of new york. he thought hamilton was without peer among the founders, the most famous chief justice of the supreme court. washington, he was decisively the first man of the revolutionary and constitutional era. staffserving as chief of
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to general washington, colonel hamilton would anticipate president lincoln. it was hamilton who proposed with his friend henry lawrence to raise black battalions to fight the british and give the former slaves their freedom. hamilton would later become a founder of the new york anti-slavery society. whatst ask ourselves, caused hamilton's fall from the pantheon of the founders to give secured for most of the 20th century by his nemesis, thomas jefferson? , how goodh century jefferson, a notorious slave master stand in the light of the bold alexander hamilton --
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anti-slavery from the beginning? obscurityecurity -- was caused by the dominant historians of the time, combined ofh the powerful sponsorship franklin roosevelt and the democratic party. it was fdr who inspired the building of a jefferson memorial in the title basin. not far from the lincoln memorial, built on of the great emancipator. now, this is not the end of our story as the 20th century comes towards the end. us gilderhistory gave lehrman institue of american history celebrity biographies about alexander hamilton. kaiser, thek berg other by ron chernow. professor joseph ellis, the magisterial research of stanley
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elkins. he toppled jefferson from his pedestal. there came the monumental new york historical society exhibit of 2004. the first hamilton exhibit in generations. this exhibit burst upon hamilton's very own new york city. it allowed out cries of protest from the jeffersonians. protests registered, you may remember, on the front pages of the new york times. tonight, we must congratulate the pioneers who mounted this hamiltonian exhibit. interior chief of the exhibit, ambassador, president of the gilder lehrman institue of american history rick berg kaiser. presided overibit
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by the president of the new york historical society louise mirrer . with these initiatives, the jefferson bear market began in earnest. jefferson shares fell precipitously on the market for intellectual exchanges. they are still falling. then came the capstone. an obscure rap musical called hamilton. we know the musical was a tour of -- tour de force. lin manuel miranda has crated a magnificent theatrical production to choreograph the life of our noble emigrant from the caribbean.
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hasrockefeller foundation partnered with the gilder lehrman institue of american history to bring 20,000 students hamiltonorbit of the bull market. [applause] my dear friends. this hamilton bull market is a long duration bull market. by and hold your shares. i believe all of you might remember the alexander hamilton died in 1804. , long say confidently live alexander hamilton. thank you very much. [applause]
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>> i feel like i should fire off a pistol up here. i will not do that. i am adam goodhart am a director for the center of the study of the american experience at washington college. it is a pleasure to welcome you on behalf of our institution. one of the three cosponsors of the washington prize. i've seen hamilton twice. i loved it. unlike many of you, i got the cast album as soon as it came out and was singing it in the car, in the shower, anywhere you can sing. singing songsean from it with my friends and former students late last night on our way home at the corner of 42nd street and 10th avenue.
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that was not us. proud ofn college is not just sponsoring the washington prize, but all of -- also our college's founding namesake. among thequely founding fathers, george washington never went to college or university for reasons of financial hardship after his father died. he was not lucky like alexander hamilton to receive a scholarship. ron chernobyl, and -- ron chernobyl has written that possibly this was a reason that george washington patronized washing college so much. to erase the stigma that followed him his whole life. you would think that founding the nation of the united states would erase any stigma that was there. ron, i will not question your scholarship. among the largest
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donors to the school when it opened in 1782, as it first college chartered in the independent united states. he was one of our original trustees. it's -- several of his successors are here this evening and i would like to recognize them. what all current and former members of the board please rise to be recognized? [applause] the founding idea of washington college was an innovative one in 1782. they would take this ancient tradition of liberal arts and adapted to the values and necessities of the young american republic. teaching not just classical literature, philosophy, but american history.
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also, modern language, political science, things that were not taught very widely up at the time. our faculties and students continue to be inspired by these historic origins. i would like to recognize the faculty and students who are with us this evening. please stand and show yourselves. [applause] we are very proud of you. there is some miles of like to recognize among us. i guess to happens to be a direct descendent of alexander hamilton. steve clemons is editor in large of the atlantic. -- i had to call him today, i called him on his cell phone. he said let me call you back. he called me back and said great, great, great, great
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grandson. steve, where are you? [applause] indeed.grandson before walking -- welcoming our college's president i would like to mention is a tradition for all of the recipients to visit us and meet our washington college students and faculty. miranda i know that your schedule is full, but when it eases up, we would like to welcome you into washington college. put in a word with lin tonight. to getnathan starts tired of the role of george the third, right here. if you would spend 45 minutes with me downstairs, i have a
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little -- you think i am kidding. i will do it. fall washed in college and i graded are 28th air.ident sheila b she spent five years as the chair of the fdic, beginning in 2006. not a great time -- not a great time to be chairman of the fdic. she received widespread recognition to founding early warnings about the financial crisis and hoping to -- helping to guide the u.s. economy through the storm that followed. she was recognized with a john f. kennedy -- kennedy courage award. forbes magazine twice named her the second most powerful woman in the world. she likes to point out she was unseated the following year by lady gaga.
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i ask you to join in whelping -- welcoming sheila bair. [applause] >> thank you adam, it is wonderful being here tonight. affinity forial the play hamilton. in general,milton for a number of reasons. we share our face on the $10 bill. each year you can see him. my office, i used to be the assistant secretary for financial institutions at the secretary determined. my office was right there. i respect hamilton and what he accomplished. i have to admit, i was a john adams person. then i saw hamilton.
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, and remind meme of the wonderful things he accomplished. i tweeted this but and legal atoms on the $10 bill. i say not anymore, let's keep him on the $10 bill. [applause] the building i used to work and was not constructive until 30 years after hamilton's death. you might say he was the u.s. treasury architect. the man who built our country's entire system of public finance. you might say all of us live in a house that hamilton built. a mighty economic empire. $10next time you pull a
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bill out of your pocket, ticket close look at his portrait. unlike the guys from the other denominations, he turns away from the viewer, gazing towards a distant future. given my long career, i admire he foundingn, as father of our financial system. 1929, thein 2008, financial system has not always work as well as it should. overall it has been a tremendous driver of the economic rise of this great nation. i find myself thinking more about the teenager we meet in the first scene of the musical hamilton. words, justiranda's like his country, young, scrappy, and hungry. the scholarship kid on his way to college and a new life. there is no surviving portrait of that adolescent hamilton. he probably looked like a student i see every day at washington college, eager for
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knowledge, ready to change the world. some of our students, not many, have come to us from poverty and deprivation. hamiltonian economy often does not take good care of young hamiltons of today. the inner-city kids, the immigrants, hungry for learning and achievement. we hear talk of higher education, the value of the liberal arts, how they can teach young people to live lives rich theassion. it is true, but harsh caicos of dollar and cents makes it difficult for children who need it the most. couple of months ago i pledged to make washington college a place for today's teenage hamiltons no matter their economic background. we want to give them the best form of education our culture has to offer. [applause]
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that was before i saw the broadway show. and like to take this lin manuel to honor miranda's brilliant work of theater. not just dynamic storytelling, the unforgettable music, how the us toand music inspire pay attention to young, scrappy, and hungry kids of today. it is my privilege to introduce another great narrator of the hamilton story, the man whose book inspired the musical, after mr. brenda picked it up. now is one ofher our great biographers. he is a receiver of a guilt surprise and honorary doctorate from washed in college. biographygo his , he won thexander
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first george washington book prize. please join me in welcoming him. [applause] [applause] >> thank you. i not only have an honorary doctorate, but from hamilton college as well. sheila has left me $10. it is wonderful to be here tonight with friends of hamilton the book, and friends of hamilton demand. most important link, all friends of hamilton the musical. tonow you are expecting me stand up here and start snapping my fingers, breaking into rhyme and couplet. i'm going to disappoint you.
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one side of me is dying to do that. i will do it. how does a password orphan son, and the scotsman drunk -- i'm not going there -- [applause] groep to be a hero and a scholar somebody save me. i have this fantasy about going on the stage. but the like to go on and do the opening number. reason linsterious decided not to draw on my unique theatrical talent. overjoyed as the first winner of the george washington prize to find out that lin was
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going to be the recipient for the musical hamilton. fors an outstanding choice the greater of this magnificent, groundbreaking, unforgettable people have analyzed this masterpiece from every angle. thoughts give you my on what he has accomplished with the appreciation of american history in this country. when the show was at the public theater, my godson video, who was 11 years old came all the way from london to see the show. i have never seen this boy so animated and excited as he was in that theater. he raced to the bathroom and back to his seat. he was terrified he would miss a single moment of the second act. i took him backstage and lin asked theo what he thought of the show. he looked up at lin and said
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this is the best business i have ever heard in my life. what more powerful tribute to the show? what leslie herman told me at the run at the public theater. was comingr as she out of the theater, i asked her what she thought of the show. she said this is the single greatest opportunity in our lifetime to interest students in american history. i wholeheartedly agree. [applause] delighted that leslie and gilder lehrman institue of american history will be dividing the materials and supervising the program to the 20,000 students that will start coming in april. american history was short but it was so dramatic, so colorful,
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that you have to work hard to make it boring. what some of our schools have done. whenever broadway or hollywood delves into american history, they start out with an unspoken assumption that it is pretty boring. they feel they have to spice it up with sex or violence, or nudity, and profanity to disguise an underlying tedium. lin manuel miranda has done the impossible, made american history hip, cool at once. instead of talking down to his audience, he shows that if you have true talent you can lift the audience up to a higher level of intelligence without sacrificing entertainment value. i havesix years that known lin and worked with him, i
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knew that he knew the life of alexander hamilton was so dramatic -- that the best strategy for the show was to stick closely to the facts. capture the reality rather than circumvent it. that is what he has done. too americans are stranger to their own history. american history has laid a banquet of riches, and these poor fools are starving. the american public is hungry for history, hungry for patriotism. patriotism of the real, not of the saccharine variety. saints not want plaster with storybook endings. they want real people, complex characters, compounds of good and evil. this is what lin has given them. foundersand the other
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men were opinionated, argumentative, and some of them difficult. has twolton musical distinct moves. the first is inspirational, about the winning of the american revolution, the audience finds it so thrilling the want to stand up and cheer. so do i, every time i see it. help, iicted, i need need a 12 step program. the second act, which is arguably the more important act is tragic. it is about what happened after the revolution when they begin to argue about leading a revolution. shrewd,hem as tough, and sometimes ruthless politicians.
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knowious as anything we today. not an escape into an imaginary past. far from detracting from their greatness, lin has enhanced it by showing these men in their complexity, everything included. real, fallible human beings, just like us. hamilton's american history for grown-ups. lin manuel miranda has captured history whole, with great --ency, complexes complexity, and immediacy. he has done us the best and worst in our natural -- national character. yes done it with extraordinary insight and sensitivity. the greaten one of expanses of my life, working with you. you are the most extraordinary
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creative talent who has come along in american theater in decades. you more than deserve to stand alongside these eminent historians who have previously won the george washington prize. [applause] [applause] on a more mundane note, i'm supposed to tell you that the main course is about to be served. [applause] >> thank you for being here. of the georgedent
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washington mount vernon. i'm glad to be here with our partners from washington college and the gilder lehrman institue of american history to award the george washington prize to lin manuel miranda. i want to make a couple of introductions. you'll hear from barbara lucas, the regent or board chair of the mount burden german association. she is a 21st regent and she will be speaking with you in a minute. another board member the vice regent for the state of maine. there are two members of the advisory committee here, we are glad to have them. thereare a few people -- are a few people for mount , then, doug bradburn
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director of the george washington library. you'll get a chance to meet the library and -- the library and susan mcgill who manages our efforts. i'm glad to have them here. [applause] all the credit tonight to ron now. .e was mount vernon lecturing he buttonholed me on the east lawn. if you get stuck there is a nice place to be. we had a lengthy conversation about hamilton.
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ron described to me in great .etail what hamilton meant knowledge i could be too much of a washington loyalist. i think chris jackson. a cause me to leap into action. i contacted the vice president of the public theater board was a colleague of mine at time warner. i said can i jump the queue to get tickets? this is gilder lehrman institue of american history weeks before the show would end its run. said george clooney is on the
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waiting list. it did not happen. the second thing that happened was i was in touch with my colleagues on the board for the washington prize with the idea togiving this award of cycle lin manuel miranda. my day job is running mount vernon. i try to spend a lot of my waking hours understanding how to make the message of the founding and these men topical and engaging to the next generation of americans. i'm american history is not being taught well. if you think about that charter of the washington prize, it is around works of great fellowship that speak to the american public. what better work to have that happen. to be here this
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evening to -- with a short video we would like to play and i will be back to you in a few minutes. thank you very much. ♪ i want to be in the room where it happens, the room where it happens i want to be in the room where it happens i want to be in the room be nt to room to be in the hold your nose and close your eyes ♪
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i'm laugh and ♪ rise up ise up [applause] >> when you contacted us of a
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having a dinner in december, they only have a certain number of dates. it is only fitting that tonight we celebrate that unit 16th anniversary of george washington's death. . before i join mount for in three early 1850's,the six years after his death, the house was falling apart. nephew wasrand trying to sell the house to his beloved mount vernon, or the commonwealth of virginia, night -- neither of whom wanted a part of it. formed the mount vernon ladies association.
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she did at the behest of her mother who said that if the men of america who cannot save the home of the father of our country, the women shall. [applause] if the go back to 1853, she formed the association -- it's an interesting fact to know that the first vice regent from the state of new york was mary morris hamilton, the granddaughter of alexander hamilton. share the docking task over a. of five years. she had to raise $200,000 to buy ,he home and more importantly she yet to convince them she was serious and selling her own. she managed to do that. the ladies took over the home in 1859 and since then we have welcomed 80 million visitors to
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mount vernon. [applause] we have more than one looking at the -- more than one million people year come to mount vernon. we have had gilder lehrman institue of american history role visits. month we had benjamin netanyahu, and with his wife sarah. that was great. the amazing part of the story is that the ladies have done this since 1859 without taking a nickel. it has been done thanks to the generosity of americans as they tried to preserve the legacy and tell the story of george washington. really the story of
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preservation of steadfast devotion to a cause, keeping the flame alive for more than 160 years. it is an incredible story of philanthropy and service. it intertwines nicely with the story of george washington and what he meant to this country here it -- to this country. the 21st regent of the membrane ladies association, barbara lucas, she is from the state of maryland. of continues the line dedicated, strong women, who are trying to keep the message alive. it towhat to tell everybody in the united states and the world. it is an amazing run and we expect it to continue. there isortant because a lot being lost. there is a lot of being missed told. it is an mount vernon important thing that we are able to tell the story of the pounding of these men and take
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them off of their pedestals. that is the essence of what happened at the founding. it is what america is all about. i invite barbara lucas to, not. thank you. >> let's get it out for the ladies. [applause] thatra: i should mention in fact, it is a small group. if you are a member you think you are one of the ladies, but there were only 22 at a time. there are 27 today. has only been a small group, each one represents her state. it just works. when we tell the story to people like you are others who have not heard it before, they smile, and
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they feel proud, and they say, that is so american. they love that. we want to buy, this, we want to keep it up and preserve it. people come here to see where george washington lived and --d, and we will shows them shelton. and that was, in its way, revolutionary at the time. we are very proud to be continuing that and we cannot thank hamilton and this whole movement helping along. --sing, i'm, trying to figure out how the ladies can be a part of it. perhaps we can be the greek chorus. getting back to business, it is such a thrill to be here tonight, to celebrate this evening and celebrate "hamilton" and mr. miranda.
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what he has achieved with "hamilton" is stunning, and yet deeply universal. at once irreverent and respectful, sharp-witted, heartfelt. "hamilton" signs a bright new light on the country's larger-than-life founders, and that led banishes all the shadows. a captures their foibles and their follies, the usefulness, the hope, the risk, the courage, the raw excitement of the era, and the roadblocks and clashes of ambition that propelled ideas into freedom. ultimately expressed by the u.s. constitution. therding to mr. miranda, the resultn is not of something written down on stone and handed down. it was the work of compromise and hard work and sites.
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they were all human, fundamentally flawed, and their relationships were fraught and complicated. in "hamilton" he tackles the messiness of human relations. the struggles and paradoxes of the american narrative, with a standing virtuosity -- outstanding virtuosity. he has captured a matches -- he has crafted a masterpiece that captures the imagination of all generations, challenging us, defining us, delighting us and reawakening to us that miracles that came to be known as the united states of america. book prizewashington was established to honor seminal works focused on washington and the founding era, that are characterized by erudition and accessibility. ron turnover received the we comel book prize,
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full circle tonight to celebrate a similar thing in a vastly different genre. wehonoring the new hamilton, acknowledge that truly distinguished works are alike, regardless of their form, in their power to enrich and illuminate the human condition, both intellectually and emotionally. lin-manuel miranda's achievements are as profound as they are numerous. they reveal a man who with you, vigor, and tenacity, embodies the essence of american innovation in creativity. mr. miranda is the composer in their system of broadway's "in a play which ironed for tony awards in 2008, with mr. miranda receiving the tony for best score as well as the nomination for best leading actor in a musical.
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it also took home a 2009 grammy award for its original broadway cast out on, and was recognized as a finalist for the 2009 pulitzer prize in drama. he is also the co-composer and code lyricist of broadway "bring musical" which received tony award and drama nominations in 2013. in 4007, mr. miranda one b outstanding debut performance -- one b award for outstanding debut performance, and the clarence darwin award for most promising male performance for his electrifying " in the heights" performance. he's the recipient of the richard risers -- richard rogers horizons award and the national
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arts club medal of honor. in 2009 he was awarded a doctorate of humane letters becoming the youngest recipient of such an honoring the university in 123 years. he contributed spanish translations to the 2009 broadway revival of "west side performed for president obama and the first family at the white house during his first-ever evening of poetry and spoken word. he is a councilmember of the drama guild and new york city's theater district, and serves on the board of young playwrights, inc. he has the proud distinction of being a 2015 fellow of the john d and catherine t macarthur foundation. having a few nanoseconds to is a cofounder and
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member of the provocatively titled, freestyle love supreme. [applause] not well-known to me, i must say. group,ar hip-hop improv that performs regularly here in new york city. this man defies all be findings of sleep deprivation studies. [laughter] we are very glad. you probably know that all of the off-broadway production of "hamilton" has already received overwhelming recognition in the form of the lucid -- lucille or tired, outer critics circle, drama league, new york drama critics circle, theater world, clarence darwin, and obie awards. many more are undoubtedly in-store. now to the honor at hand. miranda, lou, and
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larry please join me at the podium? [applause] it is with enormous respect and pleasure, that we award the george washington book prize manuelvening to lin- miranda. the, institute washington college, and the mount vernon ladies association, we would like to present you l of georgethis meda washington. [applause]
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in addition, we would like to present this beautifully framed accidentally of a letter of alexander hamilton to his elizabeth. [applause] and of course, we will cap that off with a cash award have already heard, this is a $50,000 gift. remember that the pulitzer is 10. [laughter] [applause] i hope you all reward yourself somehow with that.
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mr. miranda: thank you. i can't let the moment go by before commemorating the fact rapped on c-span, you guys. [applause] we have done the bt hip-hop awards, and he rapped on c-span. that was amazing. stories of newny york -- as many histories of new york as there are in this room. i woke up this morning to about 50 tweets from high schoolers and kids and grown-ups all of the country, saying, did you know this is the anniversary of george washington's death?
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still more tweets from high schoolers with the handle, john lawrence or madison is my boss. saying, did you notice is the 250th anniversary of alexander and eliza's wedding? which is also true. i could never have anticipated being schooled on history from random high schoolers, being one of the legacies of this show. [applause] quite frankly, my job, and i have said this before, is to fall in love for a living. musicals take a really long time. i read this book in 2008. what i knew about hamilton is probably what most people know. bill, ie was on the $10
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knew who died in a dual. i picked up ron's book and it had great reviews. i said, this will have a great ending. perfect each reading. -- beach reading. [laughter] i did not know my life would change when i cracked open the book. ron's version of hamilton is what made me colin love. the first two chapters of the i was stuck by the terms of the hardship hamilton faced an incredible odds he overcame to come to the country and help shape it. it has been an incredible journey working with ron, and learning about his history. i think the secret sauce of the show is i am learning this stuff just a chapter ahead of you. i'm falling in love with the and i'm falling in love with the fact that they are not the people i grew up learning about in ap history.
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they are flawed, and they are messy. me, when ilive to realized he was dating the woman who was a provost while she was dating a general. i said, this is a guy who waits for what he wants. george washington, the name of your prize -- [applause] with hisormous help book about washington himself. ron'sk the greatness of strength as a writer's hamilton is a totally different character in the washington book, then he is in hamilton. that shows that ron really an body from subjects and gives him a propulsive fiction of their own, narrative of their own. washington's song keeps getting
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rewritten. i will tell you the moment that unlocked it for me. really the was overwhelming majority of the reason we are standing here. he grew up in virginia in the mount of mount virgin -- vernon. we're talking about his big song. he said, there's something about line entry thing. i said, what are you talking about? he said, you know, buying and fig tree.-- vine and there's a quote that george washington always used from the bible. it says, everyone shall live figr their own vine and tree, and no one shall make them afraid. and i think about that. that unlocked washington for me. as you see when you open the newspaper, the notion of keeping us safe, and keeping us feeling
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safe as a country is something that has robbed the sleep of every president from the first to the current. it made it very real to me, in a very tangible way. --ond of october i thought, second of all, i thought, we are going to be home free. but i think the reason people latched onto this musical is, one of the things that is a recurring team, is that there is not a definitive version of history. i learned this my sophomore year in college when i took an amazing gospels and christianity class. we began by reading a bunch of books that were not in the bible, but written around the same time. i grew up catholic. i said wait a minute, how would their jesus stories that are not in the book?
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i read the gospel of mary, these amazing jesus superboy stories. jesus kills a guard, skills that, brings it back there it --. [laughter] it's great stuff. the personion that who tells the story is just a sentimental -- as instrumental as the teller is something that reverberates drafter shall. we see the courtship of eliza and alexander. he begins with them meeting and ends with their wedding. and then we take giant turntables rewind holding, and tell the same story from her sister's perspective. we see that angelica and hamilton are equally matched, and they are kind of sony know if, but angelica cannot -- they are kind of soulmates, but angelica cannot be with hamilton, so she introduces him to her sister.
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that is a microcosm of what our show is about. every single one of you has a different story of new york. that is the history of new york you, and the teller is just as important as the story. by seeing a stage full of people of color, who are perfectly cast in their part, this show is accessible to people who never thought history was for them. they thought, that is about old dead white guys on mountains. they did not realize that these guys were flawed, and just like us, and waiting for husbands to pass away or fighting to earn a scholarship in the caribbean, or quoting a bible quote that he hopes he can invite make people feel safe -- and body to make people feel safe. that is the secret, it is not much more than that. they are just like us. some people are disheartened when they hear, this story is
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totally different if you hear it from the perspective of one of george washington's blades. -- slaves. it's totally different if you hear it from sally hemmings. it's totally different if you hear from one of hamilton's children. the story is different, and it varies, based on the teller. that gives me hope. that means they're just like us, and they are flawed. this country is flawed and working as hard as we can because we are flawed, and it gives me tremendous hope. i'm so honored to be with you here today. a few more goods. the secret of my performance in the show is that i'm really -- myg my other, the father, luis miranda, who is sitting over there. [applause] too, grew up in a small town in the caribbean and said, i
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have to get out of here. i have to get to new york. got a scholarship. that's when i realized, i noticed i and i can write him. the other thing, people come to the show and expect it is going to be clever, hip-hop and the founding fathers, let's giggle. moved because of the story of eliza hamilton. there are moved because eliza past hamilton. she raised funds for the washington monument. she met lincoln when he was a senator at the foot stone of the monument. i think we all hope that when we pass on, the people who love us are going to keep our memory alive in some way. this show is a love letter to my wife, vanessa, who is sitting here tonight. [applause] when i wrote the song, that would be enough -- which is
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eliza's love song to hamilton -- i played it for my wife with tears, and she said, is that what you wish i would sing to you? [laughter] mr. miranda: yes it is, but it is also what i would sing to you. thank you very much for this honor. [applause]
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>> hello, hello. [applause] you did not think we would leave you without a song. [applause] i am privileged to be joined by members of my company today. washington prize, we are going to sing a george washington's for you today. we have never performed outside of the theater, so here is hoping we remember the farewell address without our costumes. i will give you the set up. we are in the middle of act two, and george washington is deciding to step down, thus setting a precedent for the two-term presidency. he is calling hamilton into his office. , on up here, guys.
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the song is called "one last time." ♪
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hamilton though, in reviewing : the incidents of my administration, i am unconscious of intentional error, i am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that i may have committed many errors. i should also carry with me the hope that my country will view them with indulgence. and that after forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as i myself must soon be to the mansions of rest i anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which i promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws
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under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart. and the happy reward, as i trust of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers. washington: one last time. hamilton george washington's : going home! ♪
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[applause] mr. miranda: good night. [applause] >> thank you. i want to say a final word of thanks. i want to thank chris jackson miranda, and music
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director ian weinberger. at one point in the show, which there has been references already, there is a line, history has its eyes on you. i think that is true also of this show. history already has its eyes on this show, which is changing the history of everything it touches. the theater, music, education, our sense of the past and our all,ction to it, and above to the millions of young people who will see the sho in due course. our collective sense of the future, what ideals we should pursue, and what legacies we will leave for those who might one day tell our story. so, we want to thank you, lim-m anuel miranda and all of those
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who are swept up in your genius. it is fantastic here it while of you in this room, thank you for your support of mount vernon, washington college, and of the institute. you help us tell the stories and continue the legacy that hamilton in washington, and so many others, have inspired us to emulate. tonight, as you have heard, there are a couple of anniversaries. one of them, deeply tragic and other,washington, the the wedding anniversary of eliza and alexander hamilton, who were married december 14, 1780. as he leaves tonight, you will be given a gift bag. it is not only your own copy of " alexandererful hamilton," and gifts from mount vernon in washington college,
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but we will also include a keepsake of that simile reprint ile reprints, a love letter from alexander hamilton to eliza schuyler in the fall of 1780. it is the most exuberant, passionate letter you can imagine. i hope you will all read it and enjoy it. i hope also that you will join us again next year for the washington prize. thank you all for coming, have a wonderful evening. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2014] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] you're watching american history tv, all weekend, every
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weekend on c-span3. to join the conversation, like us on facebook, at c-span history. >> coming up next, historians and former legislators debate the question, coolidge v. reagan. which is a better model for gop candidates? they discussed the fire and the commitment to small government and the economy.calvin coolidge presidential foundation and the new hampshire institute of politics at saint anselm college hosts this. it is about one hour 15 minutes. , it isk you very much nice to be back in new hampshire again. some of you may be wondering, asking yourselves, why would they invite a guy like me to moderate this debate >> ? two reasons. number one, to demonstrate that standards are falling everywhere. and number two, because i have a lineage


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