Washington DC: What Really Happened in the Room Where it Happened

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Duration 01:03:41

Lynn University

Robert Watson is an award-winning author, professor, historian, and analyst for numerous media outlets. He has published over forty books on history and politics, five works of fiction, and hundreds of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, and reference essays. He also serves as the series editor for the scholarly book anthology on the American presidency published by the State University of New York and as the editor of The American Presidents and American First Ladies. He serves as Distinguished Professor of American History, Avron Fogelman Eminent Research Professor, and Director of Project Civitas at Lynn University and as Senior Fellow at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship.



Thanks to the success of the Broadway musical “HAMILTON,” it seems everyone is now interested in “the room where it happened” and the complex relationships between George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. These Founders played a pivotal role in deciding the location of the new capital city of Washington DC. This unique talk brings this tale to life, highlighting George Washington’s role behind-the-scenes of the famous Hamilton/Jefferson meeting, and telling how the country’s first president tirelessly advocated for a capital on the shores of the Potomac. Washington envisioned and had a direct role in planning many aspects of the city that would house the young republic. In doing so, he created a landmark that gave the fledgling democracy credibility, united a fractious country, and created a sense of American identity. Although Washington died just months before the federal government’s official relocation, his vision and influence live on in the city that bears his name.



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Great background to the great musical!

I was initially a bit skeptical as to whether there ws much more to learn about “the room where it happened” in “Hamilton” since the musical pretty well sums it up. Well, I was right and wrong. Right that the musical and Miranda were mostly accurate and summed up a lot, but wrong in that there was still a lot to learn and this presentation was an excellent one. Thank you.

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