Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

“The ship is in the harbour now

See if you can spot him

Another immigrant comin’ up from the bottom”

As many places in the world put a large emphasis on hierarchical social status at the time, Hamilton went against what most people would follow by working his way up to success from a very poor life. There was also a lot of controversy around immigrants (such as the 13 colonies from England’s viewpoint) and they were not appreciated as much since they hade no roots, connections, or experience in the area.


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

“By fourteen, they placed him in charge of a trading charter

And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted away”

Alexander was a light-coloured person, even though he may have been poor and of low societal ranking at first. Comparatively to coloured immigrants, he had a much easier time bringing himself to success, especially because slavery was still rolling. Hamilton was able to be in charge of an aspect of the trade, while even very experienced African adults were not allowed to do anything nearly as important.


Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.

“In squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar

The ten-dollar founding father without a father

Got a lot farther by working a lot harder”

Over time, he changed what was perceived of with a lot of hard work and effort. Starting off in a really poor life, he didn’t let the belief in social status and heritage prevent him from becoming great and rising to the top of the government.


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

“Planning for the future see him no as he stands on the now as he stands on the now of a ship headed for a new land

In New York you can be a new man'”

Because the Carribean wasn’t in the most prosperous situation at the time, Hamilton believed that he needed to change his environment if he wanted to lead a better life than the people that came before him. There would be many more opportunities in this new place to learn new things, find work, and escape any of the drawbacks of his previous home. Also, the 13 Colonies have been constantly evolving predictions of their future success may have spread.