Big Ideas – Hamilton

Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
‘Got a lot farther by working a lot harder’
The new ideologies of working harder for success has given Hamilton hope, motivation and support from others and himself. If this ideal was not widespread, Hamilton may have had a harder time reaching up to his desires.

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.
‘Started workin’, clerkin’ for his late mothers landlord’
The difference in power between the landlord and Hamilton (the money they had) may have triggered Hamilton to feel like an outcast from society. Cut off from people with little power to fend for himself.

Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
‘In New York you can be a new man’
Although Hamilton had a bad start, the people around him say that in New York he can become a new man. Stating that although he is who he is at that time, it can change over time and work.

The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.
‘The world will never be the same, oh’
Within a world that is very young, new systems, new ideals, and new economies will form. They say that the world will never be the same because of the new environment they are in which is brimming with opportunities to succeed.

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