Correcting ‘Hamilton’

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Historian Annette Gordon-Reed would like to make clear that she likes “Hamilton,” the Broadway hip-hop musical phenomenon about Alexander Hamilton, which audiences and critics have adored and some scholars and writers have scorned.But she would like to make clearer that she found the show problematic in its portrayals of Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Fathers, and the issue of slavery. The musical is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton, who in Chernow’s view has been the most underrated and misunderstood of the Founding Fathers.“A Broadway show is not a documentary,” said Gordon-Reed, a history professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences who also holds the Charles Warren Professorship of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.“Artists have the right to create,” she added, speaking last week at a student-sponsored event about the musical, “but historians have the right to critique.”And so she did.The show portrays Hamilton as a “young, scrappy, and hungry” immigrant (he was born on the Caribbean Island of Nevis, but qualified as a U.S. citizen when the Constitution was adopted), an egalitarian, and a passionate abolitionist. All of this is wrong, Gordon-Reed said.“In the sense of the Ellis Island immigrant narrative, he was not an immigrant,” she said. “He was not pro-immigrant, either.“He was not an abolitionist,” she added. “He bought and sold slaves for his in-laws, and opposing slavery was never at the forefront of his agenda.“He was not a champion of the little guy, like the show portrays,” she said. “He was elitist. He was in favor of having a president for life.”The musical simplifies and sanitizes history, said Gordon-Reed. “The Hamilton on the stage is more palatable and attractive to modern audiences,” she said.Set amid the Revolution, the play fails to depict the central role played by slavery at that moment in history, and also neglects to mention that most of the Founding Fathers were slave owners.“In the musical, only Jefferson is shown as a slave holder,” said Gordon-Reed, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for her book on the family of Sally Hemings, slave and mistress to Jefferson. “But Madison owned slaves too, and so did George Washington.”Although she praised the multiethnic portrayal of the Founding Fathers, she wondered whether the casting has helped “submerge” the issue of slavery. She also mused about how the play diverged from the efforts of historians who for the past 50 years have tried to bring a more complicated narrative to the era.“It’s not a purely heroic narrative,” she said. “It’s not just celebration. The Founders accepted slavery as an institution.”Still, she hopes the show’s popularity will serve as a catalyst for a renewed focus on early American history, both in schools and the wider culture. The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is a “genius,” she said.But if one wants to find out who the real Hamilton is, insists Gordon-Reed, the answer is not on Broadway.last_img read more

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Vermont to get $14 million from 2011 Trade Adjustment Assistance initial funding allocations

first_imgThe US Department of Labor has announced initial funding allocations for Trade Adjustment Assistance for states to assist workers who lose their jobs due to outsourcing and foreign trade. Vermont will get nearly $14 million to cover jobs lost to foreign competition. This announcement includes two funding levels for states under the program: one under the current, expanded level of authorized funding, and one at a reduced level that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2011, if Congress fails to renew the expanded TAA program authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. If the expanded program is not renewed, states stand to lose approximately $267 million in initial allocations, and thousands of workers could be excluded from the program. Additional reserve funding would be lost as well.”The Recovery Act has allowed us to serve more Americans through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, giving workers access to essential services in a time of need,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “Returning TAA to pre-expansion funding levels and eligibility guidelines would leave a staggering number of workers in states across the country without access to this important program.”TAA provides workers with the opportunity to obtain the skills, resources and support needed to gain re-employment. Funds are used to provide career training, employment and case management services, and to pay for associated administrative costs. States will receive funds according to these allocations once the department receives its fiscal year 2011 congressional appropriation.The Recovery Act included a major expansion and reform of the TAA program, and authorized an increase in the maximum amount of TAA funds that may be used for training nationwide, from $220 million to $575 million. If Congress does not renew the expanded program before Jan. 1, 2011, funding will revert to pre-Recovery Act levels, and service industry workers will no longer be covered by the program.Funds announced today are the initial allocations for fiscal year 2011 for both the expanded and reduced levels. The remaining funds are being held in reserve by the Labor Department for distribution as needed throughout the year.  Kansas$1,397,111$743,098 Missouri$13,408,136$5,651,273 Vermont$873,842$528,898 StateTotal FY 2011 TAA Initial Allocation $575 Million Training Level*Total FY 2011 TAA Initial Allocation $220 Million Training Level* Colorado$3,690,552$1,565,884 New Mexico$3,129,322$1,420,353 Nebraska$1,159,748$716,459 Missouri7,4582,77137.15% Delaware$616,408$481,944 Georgia$10,127,786$4,466,586 Montana61627644.81% District of Columbia$0$0 Indiana15,0162,96919.77% Idaho$6,139,516$2,645,829 Illinois$16,828,636$6,776,605 Total$446,962,500$180,200,000 Arizona8,3724,83257.72% New Hampshire$1,462,784$770,937 New Mexico2,4001,55864.92% Louisiana$1,977,091$959,206 Virginia9,3923,99742.56% Maryland$976,878$603,513 Iowa4,1191,32332.12% Montana$3,461,566$1,454,567 U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov(link is external).  The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office upon request.  Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.  The Labor Department is committed to providing America’s employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations.  For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance(link is external). Wisconsin$18,656,325$7,755,725 Nebraska1,15472462.74% South Dakota92535037.84% Michigan$57,129,772$21,353,658 Nevada$502,420$0 Connecticut3,0661,76257.47% DC000 Wyoming4600.00% New York$11,329,275$4,189,378 North Carolina$39,199,147$16,295,004 Georgia4,6821,51132.27% Ohio$26,862,367$9,191,913 Arkansas3,50771720.44% Delaware1,27680.63% Pennsylvania$22,116,022$9,410,643 North Carolina17,3738,73150.26% North Dakota905905100.00% South Carolina$12,569,797$5,602,451 Hawaii4343100.00% Texas$15,077,456$6,208,649 New York10,4155,40151.86% Indiana$23,734,414$9,085,254 Wyoming$0$0 Texas16,65510,00960.10% Virginia$9,750,747$3,715,915 Louisiana1,661663.97% Florida5,4472,39844.02% Alaska$541,773$0 U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov(link is external).  The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audiotape or disc) from the COAST office upon request.  Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.  The Labor Department is committed to providing America’s employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations.  For more information, please visit http://www.dol.gov/compliance(link is external). Florida$3,375,973$1,269,050 Meanwhile, Solis today issued the following statement on the extension of the expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance program:”Last year, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress made the wise decision to expand Trade Adjustment Assistance eligibility to service sector workers adversely impacted by trade.  Prior to that, the program focused solely on workers in the manufacturing sector.  The expanded program offers a crucial lifeline to many working families whose breadwinners lost their jobs through no fault of their own.  “In fact, between May 2009 and the end of September, more than 155,000 Americans who may have otherwise been ineligible for assistance were certified to receive the income support and training that they desperately needed.  TAA benefits can help participants keep food on the table for their families, and training ensures they are prepared for new employment opportunities.  “Unless Congress takes action, however, the expanded TAA program will expire at the end of 2010.  That could leave a great many trade-impacted workers across the country without needed support and services.  And it would undermine the progress we are making as a nation toward economic recovery.”It also merits underscoring that those who receive TAA have lost jobs through no fault of their own and many are actively pursuing training for new careers. In other words, these are experienced workers, firmly committed to putting in the effort to get back on their feet. As a group, they have strong work records, and they are a tremendous asset to our economy. Continuing to help them gain the skills needed to enter good jobs contributes to the overall health of our economy, and it just makes sense.”As this issue comes to a head over the coming weeks, federal legislators will have an important choice to make.  I urge them to keep in mind that America’s families still need our help, to make the responsible decision and to extend the expanded TAA program.  It is also my hope that Congress acts on our no-cost technical fixes to the TAA Community College and Career Training Program that will help this new program succeed and benefit a broader population of unemployed workers.” Utah$3,765,926$1,529,840center_img Nevada873439.08% Oklahoma$3,218,115$1,644,148 Alaska33100.00% West Virginia$4,537,397$1,975,437 Mississippi$3,455,817$1,438,379 South Dakota$1,955,398$802,322 Illinois18,5816,06732.65% Oregon11,3615,82851.30% Oregon$15,804,810$5,794,776 New Jersey$3,895,246$1,949,997 Colorado3,0692,33075.92% Tennessee12,1283,15826.04% Idaho1,9711,48975.55% Iowa$7,258,088$2,439,507 Minnesota$8,244,122$3,133,521 Maryland97159961.69% Puerto Rico$488,909$0 North Dakota$653,372$0 Kentucky8,0873,25240.21% *Includes training, administrative and case management funds Ohio31,4657,74324.61% Kentucky$11,628,652$4,678,271 Vermont89328431.80% Michigan45,33013,29629.33% Kansas1,55495061.13% Mississippi2,49291336.64% Massachusetts$8,977,944$4,130,816 Utah3,2682,18666.89% Rhode Island$3,208,666$1,463,611 California23,67816,22368.52% New Hampshire1,02180178.45% New Jersey5,4654,81788.14% Washington$11,989,030$4,682,929 Minnesota7,2463,45247.64% Connecticut$4,014,079$1,596,745 Hawaii$0$0 Massachusetts8,2285,37565.33% Oklahoma1,6681,36882.01% Alabama$8,754,884$3,539,184 Tennessee$8,317,583$4,003,082 StateTotal Workers Certified Since Recovery Act ExpansionWorkers Covered Under New Provisions Since Recovery Act ExpansionPercent of Workers Under New Provisions Since Recovery Act Expansion Maine2,44677131.52% Arkansas$9,741,945$3,749,887 California$13,135,465$5,724,425 Rhode Island1,20152843.96% Maine$4,789,892$1,782,059 South Carolina7,1273,36247.17% Washington6,3002,01431.97% Pennsylvania22,1527,28832.90% Puerto Rico77900.00% West Virginia3,6022,93281.40% Wisconsin11,9263,82732.09% Arizona$3,032,300$1,278,272 Alabama8,8003,90644.39% Total367,427155,14742.23% Source: U.S. Department of Labor WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

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SASOD holds vigil for Orlando victims

first_imgIn light of the 49 Orlando victims who were slaughtered in a mass shooting by a lone gunman in the UnitedUS Ambassador Perry HollowayStates, SASOD hosted a vigil in support of the families who lost their loved ones in such a brutal manner.Managing director of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) Joel Simpson condemned the brutal act on the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community. He noted that while their communities are grieving they will bounce back from the adversities since they are a resilient and courageous group of people.“The Orlando massacre was both an act of terror and a hate crime. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States of America and it was targeted specifically against the LGBT community. Our communities are struck with grief all around the world,” denounced Simpson.He noted night clubs are very important since it is one of the safe spaces that the LGBT community can gain refuge. It is a time for us to come together and stop these acts of discrimination.Simpson thanked the Guyanese community for their overwhelming support and solidarity during this bereaved period.Minister of Social Protection Volda Lawrence expressed disappointment with the act that claimed so many lives at once, noting the potential that the world has lost in the Orlando Massacre.“It is impossible to fathom the grief and trauma of what has been perpetuated but at the same time we have witnessed the outpouring of love and support in the aftermath. On behalf of the Ministry of Social Protection and on my own behalf I would like to lend my heartfelt support. It is difficult to imagine this era of Freedom of expression and tolerance for our sexual preferences that such biases continues to exist,” lamented Minister Lawrence.Former Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Alli disclosed that, “despite this act did not occur in Guyana, we have to remember that Guyanese usually go to these same places for vacations and possibility exists that Guyanese could have been in the midst of the shooting.“We are living in what some described as dangerous times, in whatever challenge we face globally what occurred in Orlando cannot and must not be called anything but horrific, it is a terror act and it was done by someone who cannot be classified as having human attributes. I want to join with everyone in condemning this,” said Alli.US Ambassador Perry Holloway condemned the act of terrorism and encouraged to answer the massacre with peace.“The events that took place in Orlando was devastating to too many, our hearts go out to the families who have lost their loved-ones and to the ones who have been wounded” Holloway remarked.Holloway noted that the Orlando massacre could have occurred anywhere in the US. However, he emphasised that the US insists that nobody should ever be targeted because of their preference in life.last_img read more

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