Cultural Revolution vs. Constitutional Culture: The Relevance of Hamilton: An American Musical

Lin-Manuel Miranda greets the audience after taking part in his last performance with Hamilton in New York City in 2016. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
The Hamilton musical shows the true nature of the American founding.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S ome of those protesting and rioting in cities across the country see themselves as fighting to uphold the principles of liberty and equality that undergirded the American founding. As a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from China, I worry that my adopted country may be following a different path: that of my native country’s Cultural Revolution. My co-author, who has taught Chinese students for a number of years, shares my assessment that America’s current cultural upheaval has much more in common with China’s dark decade between 1966 and 1976 than with the American Revolution.

Mao’s young Red Guards, oftentimes joined by workers


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