Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

“There’s a million things I haven’t done

But just you wait”

People were influenced by Hamilton and didn’t expect someone who came from such a background could make a difference to society. Hamilton’s ideas and perseverance through difficult situations show that he is planning to do many things that people will recognize him for.


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

“Another immigrant

Comin’ up from the bottom”

 Hamilton is known as an immigrant to people in New York who have higher power. His rising in society changes the way he is perceived, and it shows how his efforts determine his position in the social classes.


Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.

“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore

And a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence impoverished,

In squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?”

 Hamilton’s identity and placement in the social classes changed over time due to his determination to improve himself, as well as impact the way people with higher power view him. It also shows that people should judge people by their skills and abilities, rather than their culture or background.


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

“In New York, you can be a new man”

 To receive recognition and acknowledgement from those around him, Hamilton couldn’t stay in the Caribbeans. He knew that in a new environment, such as New York, he would have the chance to better himself and prove that he was worth more than people expected.