Authors of biofiction fictionalize the lives of actual historical figures not so much to represent the past accurately as to create a new reality in the present and for the future. In this essay, the author shows how Barbara Chase-Riboud and Lin-Manuel Miranda fictionalize the lives of Sally Hemings/Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton in order to bring into existence a new way of national thinking and being.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
I want to thank the University of Minnesota, Morris for funding a visit to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s mountaintop estate, and for providing the funding to attend a performance in Chicago of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Without this funding this project would not have been possible. Also, I would like to thank my daughter Katya, whose passion for Hamilton inspired the idea for this essay.
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- Alexander Hamilton
- Sally Hemings
- Thomas Jefferson
- founding biofictions