Chris Jackson of Hamilton on Broadway for our 100th episode

Talk With History

Mar 18 2024 • 49 mins

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In the 100th episode of 'Talk with History', hosts Scott and Jenn celebrate this milestone by inviting Christopher Jackson, known for his role as George Washington in 'Hamilton', to discuss his career, passion for history, and the portrayal of historical figures.

Jackson shares his journey from first thoughts on portraying George Washington to deeply researching the role and visiting historical sites like Mount Vernon and Valley Forge. The conversation also explores the complexity of historical figures, the impact of 'Hamilton' on public interest in history, and the importance of truth in historical storytelling.

Jackson hints at his future projects, including a historical drama on the Pullman porters and the upcoming 10th anniversary of 'Hamilton'.

0:00 Interview with Chris Jackson of Hamilton

00:55 The Iconic Role of George Washington in Hamilton

01:55 A Special Connection Through History and Music

03:09 Exploring Personal Histories and the Impact of Hamilton

04:36 The Importance of Historical Locations and Personal Reflections

04:49 Diving Deep into the Role of George Washington

09:11 The Personal Journey of Christopher Jackson

10:47 Learning History Through Different Lenses

11:51 The Influence of Family and Early Education on Historical Perspective

16:25 Exploring Ancestry and the Great Migration

20:08 Preparing for the role of George Washington

27:12 Personal Stories and Historical Events That Shape Us

29:06 A Trip Down Memory Lane: Age and Memories

29:30 Historical Reflections: The Challenger Disaster and Valley Forge

30:01 The Complexity of Historical Figures: Washington's Dual Legacy

32:16 The Evolution of Historical Understanding

33:05 Revisiting Mount Vernon: A Changed Perspective

34:20 The Power of History and Storytelling

38:32 History is always there

42:33 Inspiration to learn history

48:15 A Look Ahead: Future Projects and Reflections

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