HAMILTON is wildly popular throughout the country and among students, so why not take advantage?! In this letter, Hamilton writes of the storm that practically destroyed his island home of St. Croix in the Caribbean. He writes about the horrors he witnesses in poetic fashion, and highly impresses the wealthy businessmen in his town. This letter is the reason we have Hamilton as an American Icon today. This letter is the reason he is sent to New York City for a proper education after having a self-taught education as a boy. Play the song "Hamilton" from the musical and then read this letter to really get your students engaged and thinking! The song has some lyrics that you may not want to play in your class, so check it out first! This activity contains the letter plus 5 questions that require students to back up their answers with text. If you need a primary source for Hamilton, this is it!
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