AP Gov 2018-2019

Course Description:

AP United States Government and Politics is a college level course offered to students who wish to be academically challenged and plan to take the AP exam in the spring. It is a survey course that provides an introduction into the operation of American national government. We will examine:

•The American system of government and its origins

•Political opinions, interests, and organizations

•The institutions of government and their role in making and enforcing public policy

•Public Policy and American Democracy

•Primary source materials and contemporary news analyses

The overall goal is to foster the development of analytical perspectives for interpreting, understanding, and explaining the political processes and events in this country.

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Alexander Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, ...

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?

The ten-dollar founding father without a father

Got a lot farther by working a lot harder

By being a lot smarter By being a self-starter

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

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

Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned

Our man saw his future drip, dripping down the drain

Put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain

And he wrote his first refrain, a testament to his pain

Well, the word got around, they said, this kid is insane, man

Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland

Get your education, don’t forget from whence you came

And the world is gonna know your name

What’s your name, man?

Alexander Hamilton

My name is Alexander Hamilton

And there’s a million things I haven’t done

But just you wait, just you wait

When he was ten his father split, full of it, debt-ridden

Two years later, see Alex and his mother bed-ridden

Half-dead sittin' in their own sick, the scent thick

And Alex got better but his mother went quick

Moved in with a cousin, the cousin committed suicide

Left him with nothin' but ruined pride, something new inside voice saying

Alex, you gotta fend for yourself

He started retreatin' and readin' every treatise on the shelf

There would have been nothin' left to do for someone less astute

He woulda been dead or destitute without a cent of restitution

Started workin', clerkin' for his late mother’s landlord

Tradin' sugar cane and rum and all the things he can’t afford

Scammin' for every book he can get his hands on

Plannin' for the future see him now as he stands on the bow of a ship headed for a new land

In New York you can be a new man

In New York you can be a new man

In New York you can be a new man

In New York you can be a new man

In New York you can be a new man

Just you wait

Alexander Hamilton

We are waiting in the wings for you

You could never back down

You never learned to take your time

Oh, Alexander Hamilton

When America sings for you

Will they know what you overcame?

Will they know you rewrote your game?

The world will never be the same, oh

The ship is in the harbor now

See if you can spot him

Another immigrant comin' up from the bottom

His enemies destroyed his rep America forgot him

We fought with him

Me, I died for him

Me, I trusted him

Me, I loved him

And me, I’m the damn fool that shot him

There’s a million things I haven’t done

But just you wait

What’s your name, man?

Alexander Hamilton

Songwriters: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Alexander Hamilton lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc