“The Gospel According to Hamilton: Eat the Apple”

Genesis 3:6 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIV

Lin Manuel Miranda had an allegiance not only to people of color, but to women who are portrayed as both powerful and vulnerable in his musical. In the Hamilton song, “The Schuyler Sisters,” Angelica sings:

You want a revolution? I want a revelation

So listen to my declaration

“We hold these truths to be self-evident

That all men are created equal”

And when I meet Thomas Jefferson

I’m a compel him to include women in the sequel!

Angelica could rap Jefferson under the table if she got the chance. All that holds her back is a woman’s place in the world. Of course, the “sequel” is the Nineteenth Amendment that would come 144 years later. This month we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and women’s right to vote. We hold the Hamilton musical (a title as fitting for Alexander as for Eliza) next to our faith story of Eve in the garden of Eden. Perhaps Eve was never meant to be our warning. Maybe she was meant to be our model. Eat the apple!