We Are Not Our Ancestors, and That’s No Compliment

When we say we are not our ancestors, do we do so with a knowledge of who they were, or with a fear of who we’re not?

On Sunday, Sept. 9, 1739, under the leadership of a man renamed “Jemmy”, 20 Angolan slaves would congregate at the bank of the Stone River, from there inciting a series of events that would later be known as the Stono Rebellion. After raiding a warehouse and…