america's battalion

anonymous asked:

hamilton glorifies racist slave owners

While it is true that the musical does glorify Washington and Jefferson, who were slave owners, their actions as slave owners are not glorified, and are slammed in the production. From off the top of my head, we have:

1. From The Battle of Yorktown- “black and white soldiers wonder alike if this really means freedom” “not yet”. This is Washington’s first acknowledgement of slavery still being rife in America. Laurens also says this line, a man who died trying to make “America’s first black battalion”. From an analytical point of view, this is Laurens forcing Washington to admit black people are still unequal to white people, it’s basically a mild and indirect roast

2. From Cabinet Battle #1- “we know who’s really doing the planting”. This is Hamilton’s roast of Jefferson criticising his use of slaves on his plantations of the south. No really need for closer analysis here

3. From Who Lives Who Dies- “she tells my story” “I speak out against slavery” (this one’s gonna be a little more complicated but personally this is the prime example of Washington getting his butt kicked). Washington sings of how Eliza tells his story when she funds the Washington monument, and in the stage directions, Washington moves towards Eliza as if to touch her, while she is downstage. Not only does Eliza interrupt (or more specifically overlaps) Washington, she makes a dig at him by speaking out against something he does and always has approved of. After this statement, Washington looks hurt/ashamed and moves back upstage.

Yes, Washington and Jefferson used slaves, but they certainly are not glorified for that part of their life. Also, both men are played by black people in the musical, which for the audience makes their actions seem ironic and therefore, idiotic. Miranda writes this to make the audience see the ridiculousness of black slavery because, in their eyes, they’ve enslaved their own people

This isn’t a mistake, and this is a political play that addresses new politics as well as old “Immigrants, we get the job done”, “Imma compel him to include women in the sequel” and “this immigrant isn’t somebody we chose”- Jefferson is literally racist ON STAGE during Washington On Your Side

This is all off the top of my head, I’m sure there’s plenty more examples of racists being criticised in Hamilton, so I definitely do not think that it glorifies racists based on their racism, they are criticised

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Officer’s uniform from the French & Indian War. The left middle picture shows gaiters–these would have gone around a soldier’s ankles from the tops of his shoes to just about his knees and protected his socks from getting ruined. Plus they provided a uniform look for soldiers in the field.

This uniform is on display at the Ft. Ligonier museum in Pennsylvania. They have this to say about the uniform:

Officers “red coat” conforming to the 1751 Royal Warrant, attributable to British regular infantry of the latter Seven Years’ War period. Closely fitted cut, style, and other details establish construction and wear 1760-1764. Body and facings of superfine woolen broadcloth with “royal” blue half-lapels and slashed cuffs. Upper lining is removed, but the skirt lining of glazed blue worsted remains. Lace, chain loops, and buttons are silver. 

Blue facings and silver trimmings indicate the coat could be from one of six foot regiments: 4th, 60th, 85th, 94th, 102nd, and 108th. The 4th foot may have had vertical instead of the horizontal pocket flaps on this garment; the 85th had no lapels. Thus it might be a coat of the 60th foot, serving in North America (1st Battalion at Ft. Ligonier), or one of the three above short-lived corps raised, 1759-1760 disbanded 1761. One, the 94th foot, was at Ft. Ligonier, 1761.

Construimus, Batuimus
“We Build, We Fight” is the motto of the Naval Construction Battalion, also known as the Seabees.
Here we see the Seabee Combat Enlisted insignia bearing a flying bee fighting mad, wearing a white hat on its head and holding a submachine gun, wrench, and carpenter’s hammer that represents both the defensive and logistical duties that the Naval Construction Battalion is responsible for.

Around the World Wednesday: Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40 conduct a patrol during a week-long jungle warfare training course in Okinawa, Japan. The center occupies 17,500 acres of jungle in northern Okinawa and provides instruction to prepare joint forces for jungle combat.