Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Meet the teacher who is more or less responsible for Hamilton

Twenty years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda was not the Grammy-winning, Tony-winning toast of Broadway. He hadn’t performed for President Obama. He hadn’t created one of the most popular musicals in decades, the one whose influence and popularity has spread far beyond the Great White Way. He was just a high school kid in Manhattan who was stuck for an idea for his term paper in history class. Luckily, his teacher Irv Steinfink had an intriguing possibility: Why not write about the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr? And that was the humble historical acorn from which a mighty musical oak grew. Newsweek‘s Zach Schonfeld tracked down the now-retired Steinfink, and to his credit, the teacher is modest about his role in the Hamilton success story.

Not surprisingly, the saga of this nation’s first treasury secretary was one that had entranced Steinfink himself during his days as …

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