I finally saw “Hamilton” last night. I feel like the last person in the country to see it for the first time.
It was, of course, amazing.
But it had me thinking about how much of the present depends upon quick, split-second acts in the past. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about John Laurens, friend of Alexander Hamilton, soldier and abolitionist.
He was shot and killed at the tail-end of the Revolutionary War. He had wanted to emancipate 3000 slaves and create a regiment to fight for freedom and I can’t help but wonder what would have happened had he succeeded.
What if slavery ended along with our ties to the British crown? England abolished slavery in 1807 and throughout the colonies in 1833. What if this new nation led the way in that regard?
How different the country might be now.
But instead, Laurens was shot in his saddle, his ideas gone with him.
And that’s what’s in my head today. Have a great Wednesday.
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