John Laurens, American Revolution, Queer History, Revolutionary War, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Washington's Staff, Henry Laurens, Slavery


Though he has become a figure all but forgotten or merely glossed over, John Laurens (1754-1782) was the purest form of an early American hero, a pioneer for proto-abolitionism in the South, and a queer historical figure. His complex character and legacy is deserving of recognition and remembering. In this article, I intend to do just that by giving a brief historical summary of his life and person.