Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

“Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland…”

This line talks about how Alexander Hamilton was sent to the mainland, or America in order to gain an education. However, once Alexander Hamilton was sent to America, the ideologies of the people, which was focused on being independent, autonomous, and having self-made success, pushed him to become the person we all know today.

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.

“Left him with nothin’ but ruined pride, something new inside voice saying
Alex, you gotta fend for yourself…”

In this line, you can see that Alexander Hamilton developed a very independent and autonomous mindset from his experiences throughout his childhood. If Alexander Hamilton was born into a higher social class, he would not have this mindset, and would not be the person we know today and may not have accomplished the things he has done.

Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.

“Another immigrant comin’ up from the bottom…”

This line talks about Alexander Hamilton as an immigrant coming up from the bottom. It’s true. Alexander Hamilton started with a tragic past, but as we know today, he climbed the political ladder to gain a position of power.

The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.

“Plannin’ for the future see him now as he stands on the bow of a ship headed for a new land
In New York you can be a new man…”

This line shows that even before Alexander Hamilton reached America, he was thinking about the future. Not planning on being another unknown person in history, he worked hard and the change in his environment gave him an opportunity to start anew. Alexander Hamilton had come to a place where no one knows about his past and where everyone will look at who he is now, not who he once was.