Reactions to Mass TV Streaming of ‘Hamilton’

"Hamilton" has been characterized as one of the seminal pop-cultural moments and certainly musical theater events of the decade, beginning when the show debuted on Broadway in 2015. It shattered barriers by portraying America's founding fathers as people of color. But it has faced criticism since it is reaching mass audiences through streaming on Disney … Continue reading Reactions to Mass TV Streaming of ‘Hamilton’

‘Hamilton’ Musical Now Available for Everyone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSCKfXpAGHc The stage version of the blockbuster Broadway musical "Hamilton" -- available live in New York for $600 or more per ticket -- is now accessible to the masses. Debuting July 3, 2020 on the Disney Plus streaming channel for $6.99, it is already creating buzz on social media, particularly on Twitter under the hashtag … Continue reading ‘Hamilton’ Musical Now Available for Everyone

Medici, Italian Renaissance’s Banking Family, Produced Four Popes and Two Queens of France

Traditional accounts of the Italian Renaissance portray the Borjias as corrupt and evil religious leaders, and the Medici as heroic financiers and philanthropists of stunningly beautiful art and architecture as well as fair-minded popes. I've already pointed out the reasons that popular portrayals of the Borjias, particularly the popular TV series, exaggerate their deviance. Two … Continue reading Medici, Italian Renaissance’s Banking Family, Produced Four Popes and Two Queens of France

Borgias Played Critical Role in Protestant Reformation, Renaissance, Colonialism, Columbian Exchange

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK6t8VpuFQg&t=19s In this video, Ryan Reeves, (PhD Cambridge) an Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, explains why the Borgia dynasty is, after more than 500 years, "remembered even today as something of a soap opera." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItLou92CsEM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpY1_iCUUa8 Popularized by a three-season TV series on various streaming services, the Borgias had a reputation … Continue reading Borgias Played Critical Role in Protestant Reformation, Renaissance, Colonialism, Columbian Exchange

‘Mrs. America’ TV Series Explores Both Sides of Women’s Liberation Movement

"There are two sides to every revolution...."Mrs. America' recounts the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the unexpected backlash led by Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Through the eyes of the women of the era, the FX series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture … Continue reading ‘Mrs. America’ TV Series Explores Both Sides of Women’s Liberation Movement

‘The Plot Against America’ Offers Frightening Choices And Lessons for America From History

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwMwrft7So8 Philip Roth's alternate history novel set in the 1940s, "The Plot Against America," is now a six-part series on HBO. "World War II is told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward … Continue reading ‘The Plot Against America’ Offers Frightening Choices And Lessons for America From History

‘Outlander’ Greatly Over-Simplifies Religious History of Scotland & North Carolina

Fans of the historical "Outlander" novels and television series may find the oblique references to the religious history of Scotland, England and North Carolina fascinating, but also confusing. Jamie Fraser in the early 1700s is a Catholic from the "isolated and backward" Scottish Highlands who has never recognized the Protestant Reformation that began 200 years … Continue reading ‘Outlander’ Greatly Over-Simplifies Religious History of Scotland & North Carolina

Ottomans Rising: How Mehmet II Conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) and Defeated the Byzantine Empire

The Netflix series "Ottomans Rising" focuses on Sultan Mehmed II, aka Mehmet the Conqueror, as he wages an epic campaign to take the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and shapes the course of history for centuries. Netflix page. Description of the first six episodes on IMDB. Background from the GlobePost.com. The Byzantines, aka the Greco-Roman Eastern … Continue reading Ottomans Rising: How Mehmet II Conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) and Defeated the Byzantine Empire

Now Part of Popular ‘Outlander’ TV Series: NC’s Regulator Rebellion, Battle of Alamance

North Carolina was the setting for a significant prelude to the American Revolution, and has now gotten star treatment in the popular time-traveling TV series "Outlander." The Fraser family and their associates become embroiled in the Regulator movement, a rebellion of farmers upset over high British taxes in the Carolina colony. The rebellion, which some … Continue reading Now Part of Popular ‘Outlander’ TV Series: NC’s Regulator Rebellion, Battle of Alamance

John Adams Put Principles Above Politics. That Did Not Make Him Popular

John Adams, as portrayed in the David McCullough biography and seven-part HBO miniseries, was often a blunt-spoken man who placed principle above political expediency. His loyalty was to "a government of laws and not of men," to facts not the wishful thinking of a partisan mob. "Facts are stubborn things," Adams said in 1774 after … Continue reading John Adams Put Principles Above Politics. That Did Not Make Him Popular