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So lots of Hamilton

Lots and lots of Hamilton


It feels like when the states formed, when Massachusetts decided to become the moral torch bearer of America, South Carolina was determined to become the country’s moral burden.

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South Carolina in the American Revolution: A Summary
South Carolina: Finally, Congress has sent us help to fight off the British from our shores. At last there will be liberty in this country and we can break from our oppressors. What can we expect?
John Laurens: It’s simple, we just give guns to our black slaves in exchange for their freedom.
South Carolina: Hail, Britannia!
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lams au fic, set about September 15 1782.

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Happy 232nd Deathday to John Laurens, you brave, noble, stupendous idiot.

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A sadder interest invests the expedition to the Combahee; that interest which always attaches to a young life cut short in the fullness of its promise. And in the life that was cut short there, promise and performance were so richly blended, so much had already been done, there was so manifest a power and so ardent a desire to do more, it had inspired so much love, commanded so much admiration, connected itself so closely with the happiness of a wide circle of good men, and opened such prospects of usefulness to country and mankind, that we feel as if the banks of the Combahee were a vast battle-field, whereon humanity itself had received a fatal wound. Few young men ever inspired a deeper personal interest in older men, than John Laurens. None had won so high a place in the affections of Washington, and Greene, and Hamilton; none had rendered more important services under more difficult circumstances. Intemperate courage was his only fault, and for that he atoned with his life. But in that courage he found strength to break through the slow forms of diplomacy, and obtain important aid at a critical moment. By that courage he had been led to the acceptance of a truth still dimly perceived by the greatest minds, and recognizing the negro as a man, boldly claimed him as an ally in the war for independence. He had been one of the first to ask permission to follow Greene to the South, with the hope, as he tells Washington, of prevailing upon the southern legislatures to admit negroes into the army. But his services were required for the special mission to France, and he had not returned in time to take part in the great campaign of 1781. But he had hastened south as soon as possible after his return, and on Lee’s retirement, had been put in command of the light troops.

― From The Life of Nathanael Greene, Volume III by George Washington Greene (via john-laurens)

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In late August 1782, a British expedition from Charleston was foraging for rice near the Combahee River when the impetuous Laurens flouted orders and tried to ambush them with a small force. The enemy was tipped off and squatted in the high grass waiting for him. Once they stood up to fire, Laurens began to charge and exhorted his men to follow. He was instantly cut down by a bullet. John Laurens was one of the last casualties of the American Revolution. Many thought he had foolishly risked his life and those of his men in a trivial action against a superior force after real hostilities had ended. His death vindicated Washington’s judgment that the patriotic Laurens had only one serious fault: “intrepidity bordering on rashness.” He was mourned by many who thought he had had the makings of a fine leader. “Our country has lost its most promising character in a manner, however, that was worthy of the cause,” John Adams consoled Henry Laurens.

For Hamilton, the news was crushing. “Poor Laurens, he has fallen a sacrifice to his ardor in a trifling skirmish in South Carolina,” he wrote sadly to Lafayette, the other member of their war triumvirate. “You know how truly I loved him and will judge how much I regret him.” The death deprived Hamilton of the political peer, the steadfast colleague, that he was to need in his tempestuous battles to consolidate the union. He would enjoy a brief collaboration with James Madison and never lacked the stalwart if often aloof patronage of George Washington. But he was more of a solitary crusader without Laurens, lacking an intimate lifelong ally such as Madison and Jefferson found in each other. On a personal level, the loss was even more harrowing. Despite a large circle of admirers, Hamilton did not form deep friendships easily and never again revealed his interior life to another man as he had to Laurens. He became ever more voluble in his public life but somehow less introspective and revelatory in private. Henceforth, his confessional remarks were reserved for Eliza and Angelica Church. After the death of John Laurens, Hamilton shut off some compartment of his emotions and never reopened it.

― Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton

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I feel the deepest affliction at the news we have just received of the loss of our dear and inestimable friend Laurens. His career of virtue is at an end. How strangely are human affairs conducted, that so many excellent qualities could not ensure a more happy fate? The world will feel the loss of a man who has left few like him behind, and America of a citizen whose heart realized that patriotism of which others only talk. I feel the loss of a friend I truly and most tenderly loved, and one of a very small number.

― Alexander Hamilton to Nathanael Greene, October 12, 1782

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I know not how to mention, the melancholly Intelligence by this Vessell, which affects you so tenderly.__ I feel for you, more than I can or ought to express.__ Our Country has lost its most promising Character, in a manner however, that was worthy of her Cause.__ I can Say nothing more to you, but that you have much greater Reason to Say in this Case, a s a Duke of ormond said of an Earl of Ossory. ‘I would not exchange my Son for any living Son in the World.’

John Adams to Henry Laurens, in a letter dated November 6, 1782

News of John Laurens’s death on August 27, 1782 was enclosed in this letter.  On November 12, 1782, Henry Laurens replied with the following:

For the rest, the Wound is deep, but I apply to myself the consolation which I administered to the Father, of the Brave Colonel Parker.  ‘Thank God I had a Son who dared to die in defence of his Country.’

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Sexual Relations Between Elite White Women and Enslaved Men in the Antebellum South: A Socio-Historical Analysis

By Jacqueline M. Allain

Sexual Agency, Power, and Consent

According to one historian, “few scholars… have viewed the relationships of enslaved men and free white women through the lens of sexual abuse in part because of gendered assumptions about sexual power” (Foster, p. 459). This is in keeping with both the standard feminist conceptualization of rape as a tool of patriarchal oppression3 as well as the traditional (un-feminist) notion of women as too weak, emotionally and physically, to commit serious crimes, let alone sexual abuse, and the idea that men cannot be raped (Bourke, 2007, pp. 219, 328). However, it is becoming increasingly clear that women, too, are capable of committing sexual offenses and using sex as a means of domination and control (Bourke, pp. 209-248).

[Continue reading at Student Pulse:  The International Student Journal.]

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