This blog is dedicated to the cattiness surrounding the New Republic, reflections on a group of intelligent yet fallible men who could agree on nothing and yet are often quoted as a group, and just in general Founding Douchebaggery &c.

So lots of Hamilton

Lots and lots of Hamilton



Alexander Hamilton’s commission to take rank as Colonel (source)

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he won’t because the United States has always valued a Treasury Secretary …I like you stated how you felt about the event After the incident the new government spent oodles of cash and gold to catch Aaron Burr at something wrongdoing and in that process prevented him from working as a lawyer in the United State. New laws were created to allow a president to act in response to any threat perceived by Thomas Jefferson, not quite the free libertarian the books make Jefferson out to appear to be. Hamilton owned a newspaper which went on to trash Aaron Burr, and The United States has been making it’s hero’s that way for quite a long time

And then after the Burr Conspiracy, Burr went onto to Europe to try and convince Great Britain and then Napoleon in France to attack the United States. So, on the one hand you got trash talk, and on the other hand you got treason.

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Jefferson refused to grant diplomatic recognition to the new nation of Haiti, though this went against the clear norms he had earlier established for granting such recognition. As secretary of state in 1792, he defended the recognition of the revolutionary French government:

“We certainly cannot deny to other nations that principle whereon our own government is founded, that every nation has a right to govern itself internally under what forms it please, and to change those forms at its own will; and externally to transact business with other nations through whatever organ it chooses, whether that be a king, convention, assembly, committee, president, or whatever it be. The only essential thing is the will of the people.”

Timothy Pickering, now a senator from Massachusetts, protested the double standard Jefferson used for the French and the Haitian rebellions. He wrote a heartfelt letter to the author of the Declaration of Independence:

“Dessalines is pronounced by some to be a ferocious tyrant; but, whatever atrocities may have been committed under his authority, have they surpassed, have they equaled in their nature (for in their extent they are comparatively nothing), those of the French Revolution, when ‘infuriated men were seeking,’ as you once said, ‘through blood and slaughter their long-lost liberty’? If there could ever be an apology for Frenchmen, will it not apply with tenfold priority and force to the rude blacks of Santo Domingo [sic]? If Frenchmen, who were more free than the subjects of any monarch in Europe, the English excepted, could find in you an apologist for cruel excesses of which the world had furnished no example, are the hapless, the wretched Haitians (‘guilty’ indeed of skin not colored like our own), emancipated by a great national act and declared free - are they, after enjoying freedom many years, having maintained it in arms, resolved to live free or die; are these men not merely to be abandoned to their own efforts but to be deprived of those necessary supplies which for a series of years, they have been accustomed to receive from the United States, and without which they cannot subsist?”

― Garry Wills, "Negro President": Jefferson and the Slave Power

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Reunion: (Hamilton/Laurens)

Short fic taking place around Yorktown

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After reviewing what I have written, I am ready to ask myself what could have put it into my head to hazard this Jeu de follie. Do I want a wife? No—I have plagues enough without desiring to add to the number that greatest of all; and if I were silly enough to do it, I should take care how I employ a proxy. Did I mean to show my wit? If I did, I am sure I have missed my aim. Did I only intend to [frisk]? In this I have succeeded, but I have done more. I have gratified my feelings, by lengthening out the only kind of intercourse now in my power with my friend.

― From Alexander Hamilton to Lieutenant Colonel John Laurens, April 1779. (via deadbishop)

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Alexander Hamilton: You fire the killing thing into the air - shooting the bullet without giving it the power to do its killing. It's a metaphor.
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This is a great point to make. I’m not very historically versed but it seems to me that looking on things through a the narrow lens of winner’s losers is hugely detrimental. In general a major way people look at things is by the lesser evil. It’s so easy to claim that things could have been better with 20/20 hindsight. Even through a biased and relatively new lens.
Given what ended up happening because of the Republicans’ election (the rise of Southern power, the spread of slavery into the west, the genocide of the Native Americans, Andrew Jackson eventually being elected), I fail to see how things could have possibly been any worse had the Federalists won the Election of 1800 (which the Republicans stole from them anyway, since Jefferson and Burr would not have won without the three-fifths clause).
It may have taken longer for the vote to have been given universally to white men as it did under the Jeffersonians. But then that was only achieved after the Republicans made black people a permanent underclass in a way the Federalists didn’t, since in certain states under Federalist rule black men could vote if they met the property requirements. So.
The biggest problem with the Federalists (besides the property requirements for voting) was their rising nativism in the late 1790s. But even that effected European francophile white men more than anyone else. So while it was wrong, it was a lesser evil than the spread of slavery.
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We have a somewhat different present now from that of a century ago. Class struggles against the rich and powerful still preoccupy many scholars, but in many cases their anti-capitalist concerns have been supplanted by issues of race and gender. This in turn has transformed many historians’ perspectives on the early Republic. They still see a contest between Federalists and Republicans, but their bias has shifted. Because Jefferson and the other Southern leaders of the Republican Party were slaveholders, many present-day scholars have switched sides in accord with the political and cultural needs of our own time. Much as most historians continue to dislike businessmen and the commercial classes, they dislike slaveholders and racists more.

Since most of the Federalists were Northerners and opposed to slavery, their status has dramatically risen in the eyes of present-day scholars. In today’s society, where many scholars see an illiberal and narrow-minded populism running rampant, the elitism of the Federalists doesn’t seem all that bad. The Federalists might have been aristocrats, but, as some recent historians contend, at least they “were significantly more receptive than the Jeffersonians to the inclusion of women in the political process.”

Indeed, the Federalists’ “conservative elitism” appears to present a “kinder face” on issues of gender and race than the Jeffersonian Democratic-Republicans do. “Federalists encouraged the migration of women to the West, believing that the presence of families there would counter the wildness of the frontiersmen. They could for fair treatment of Indians and tried to prohibit the spread of slavery into the region. The defeat of the Federalist vision by the new democratic order,” these historians conclude, “spelled a diminished status for women, Indians, and Africans.” Perhaps most damaging for the reputation of the Jeffersonian Republicans in our time was their promotion of minimal government, which some scholars believe was motivated mainly by the need to protect slavery. By contrast, the Federalists were “committed to the idea that government was necessary to protect the weak.”

Gordon Wood, The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States

Now the Federalists were no angels, but at least there was something to work with there, you know?

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Harry at this date was eleven years old. To act as substitute father could prove to most elder brothers not only burdensome but also highly distasteful - and quite ineffectual. John Laurens, however, seems to have managed well; his references to Harry sound natural enough. For instance, ‘Harry is at my elbow making sour faces over some Latin verses.’

From An American Soldier: The Life of John Laurens by Sara Bertha Townsend (via cool-cool-considerate-men)

Significantly Harry, who had been a problem child under Henry’s tutelage, suddenly became a model student and bloomed personality wise under John.

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All the Aides were greatly shocked at the fate of André, young, gay, and brave, like themselves.

From Washington and His Aides-De-Camp by Emily Stone Whiteley

Washington’s aides - young, gay, and brave

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Me, very much me,

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"The Young, The Gay, and The Brave" - title for unabashedly homoerotic series about the American Revolution, y?


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