Saturday, July 6, 2013
Day 161, July 6
Those of my generation remember the student rebellions of the late 60s and early 70s. However, rebellion on the college campus isn't a recent phenomenon. We're traveling back in time (again). This time, to 1770.
The students at King's College in New York staged a campus protest against the conditions. (Sound familiar?) The demonstration's highlight was a torchlight parade through the campus with the protestors stopping in front of the home of the college president.
The president took one look at the rebels and fled. He ran down the back stairs of his home, jumped over a back fence, and found refuge on a British warship anchored in New York harbor. He sailed on the ship to England and never returned.
Among the protestors was a young radical named Alexander Hamilton.