Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

Research Sponsor

Dr. Matthew Akers

First Reader

Dr. Daniel Coffey

Second Reader

Dr. Phil Marcin


The Broadway Musical Hamilton has created a newfound interest in the life of its title character, Alexander Hamilton. One notable trend has been that Hamilton has grown as an icon on the American left. Simultaneously, Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton’s main antagonist in history and the musical, has seen his position within the Democratic Party, and as such the American left-wing, diminish. Using a broad literature review of each man’s work, this paper seeks to analyze where Hamilton and Jefferson would actually fit within the modern political landscape, based on their own political views. My research finds that this effort is in vain, as neither man fits neatly into a modern political movement.