Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events

“There’s a million things I haven’t done
But just you wait”

Hamilton states that when he arrives in New York that he has so much that he wants to do. By the end, Hamilton has changed America forever and he simply was an immigrant from the Caribean who started with nothing.

Disparities in power alter the balance of relationship between individuals and between societies

“And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted away
Across the waves, he struggled and kept his guard up
Inside, he was longing for something to be a part of
The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter”

This passage shows that the environment that Hamilton lived wasn’t very forgiving and this made it difficult for him to get things as simple as education. If he were born into a high class family, then he wouldn’t need to ‘beg, steal, borrow, or barter.”

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?”
This shows that during that time, no one thought someone as ‘low class’ as Hamilton could make such a big impact on the world. It shows that overtime, people realize to rank people by ability rather than the family they were born into.

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

“Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland
Get your education, don’t forget from whence you came”

This passage shows that for Hamilton to make a change in the world in any way, he has to go to the ‘mainland’ (New York). The Caribbeans can’t give him the opportunity or education that he deserves and needs.