I find the dynamic of watching a live action play to be very impactful on picturing history. Anyone that watches the play 1776 or Hamilton is given a picture of what history looked like. People use these plays as a way to put the words they learn in history books into images. I believe the playwrights have a crucial role in upholding the true values of the past, and not sugar coating it to make the founding fathers look like heroes, but rather for the men they actually were. Live stream media revolves around television and many of the falsehoods that people believe today can be attributed to the glorified aspects of Hollywood.
I find it interesting how the play writers of 1776 make John Adams, and a few of the other founding fathers seem very intelligent and very hard working. In reality these were average people that happened to grow up in a social status that provided them the opportunity to pursue independence and speak on the behalf of the thousands of people living as a British colony. I wonder about the truth of many scenes of the play 1776. Jefferson adamantly opposes the institution of slavery in front of congress, and I fear the play is glorifying America’s founding fathers. However, I am glad that both of the plays, especially Hamilton, acknowledge some of the faults of these men. I am glad to see the more recent play is more concerned with performing a play that does greater justice to the past. Hamilton is a play that broke color barriers, and did a great job of bringing out some more truth about the founding fathers, and I think this is what made the play so successful.