History Has Its Eyes on Us with Paul Oakley Stovall and Joanne B. FreemanJuly 1, 2020
In advance of the release of Hamilton, the film adaptation of the smash-hit Broadway musical, on Disney Plus on July 3, watch "History Has Its Eyes on Us," the latest episode of AmRev360 hosted by Museum President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson. Yale University historian and Hamilton expert Dr. Joanne Freeman and Chicago-based actor and playwright Paul Oakley Stovall, who currently portrays George Washington in the national tour of Hamilton: An American Musical, join this wide-ranging conversation covering everything from how they fell in love with Hamilton to their thoughts on the power of history and theater to the role of monuments in historical memory.
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AmRev360, hosted by Museum President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, features conversations on the American Revolution from all angles. Past episodes include "The Boston Massacre 250th and Digital History with Serena Zabin" and "Conservation and Symbols of Revolutionary Flags with Textile Conservator Virginia Whelan."
Dr. Joanne B. Freeman, Class of 1954 Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, is a leading scholar of early American politics, political culture and violence, and a leading authority on Alexander Hamilton and his world. She is the author of Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic; editor of Alexander Hamilton: Writings and The Essential Hamilton; and co-editor of Jeffersonian Republicans in Power, 1800-1824. Her most recent book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War was a New York Times notable book of 2018 and a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. Her next book, Hunting for Hamilton, is an introduction to the fun and challenges of getting to know Hamilton. Freeman was the lead historian for the National Park Service’s reinterpretation of Hamilton's home, the Grange, as well as for Hamilton: The Exhibition, which opened in Chicago in April 2019. She is co-host of the popular American history podcast BackStory and the host of History Matters, a weekly conversation about history’s hold on the present. She can be found online at joannebfreeman.com and on Twitter at @jbf1755.
Paul Oakley Stovall is an actor, playwright, and activist, who currently plays the role of George Washington in the first national tour of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning hit musical Hamilton: An American Musical. His play Immediate Family was featured at the Goodman Theatre. His musical Clear was chosen for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights/Music Theatre Conference and his play The Hunted (co-written with Evan Linder) was a 2017 Finalist. As an actor, he has appeared off-Broadway in Tony-winner Mary Zimmerman’s Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and at Lincoln Center in the world premiere of Dessa Rose. National tours include RENT and Once on This Island, and he starred in the world premiere of Seito Ren-San’s Otonari No Dasso Hei in Tokyo. Film credits include Robert Altman’s The Company and John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus. Television credits include Empire (Fox), Chicago Fire (NBC), Shameless and The Chi (Showtime). He also was a staff writer on Survivor’s Remorse (STARZ). Stovall spent six years as an advance staff lead and media logistics coordinator for First Lady Michelle Obama, after spending a year as a Press Lead for President Obama.
History Has Its Eyes on Us was part of the Museum's week-long Virtual Fourth of July Celebration, sponsored by Bank of America, with free, digital experiences that include the latest in our Meet the Revolution! series featuring interviews with historic interpreters Noah Lewis and Kalela Williams, family programs for Wawa Welcome America, Read the Revolution Speaker Series with Caitlin Fitz, a Hamilton watch party marking the premiere of the film adaptation on Disney Plus, and much more.