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Morning Song – Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?

July 4, 2017

Sometimes hope requires taking the long view. With Donald Trump in the White House, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan running the Congress, and Neil Gorsuch joining the likes of Samuel Alito and John Roberts on the Supreme Court, this is one of those times for those who dream of a big-hearted America.

How long a view?

How about 97 years? That’s how long Alexander Hamilton’s widow Eliza lived. Long enough to interview the soldiers who fought with him. Long enough to preserve his (voluminous) writings. Long enough to raise money for the Washington Monument. Long enough to become a committed abolitionist. Long enough (inspired by the memory of her orphaned husband) to found New York City’s first private orphanage.

Long enough that it’s her voice we hear at the finale of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, Hamilton, asking questions that go to the heart of the American experiment and, indeed, of what it means to be human: “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?”

Happy 241th birthday, America.

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