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Kosciuszko 200: Poland embassy endorses Hot Air proposal


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Ed Morrissey

August 26 2017


And you all scoffed at the #Morrissey4Vatican campaign. Earlier this week, I offered a proposal for the city of Alexandria, Virginia, which wants to rename its portion of the Jefferson Davis Highway. Two days after my proposal to rename it for Revolutionary War hero and Polish patriot Tadeusz Kościuszko, the official Twitter account for Poland’s embassy in the US sent out its endorsement:


It would be a most fitting tribute to a Polish-American hero, especially considering 2017 marks the year of #Kosciuszko #Kosciuszko200 https://twitter.com/EdMorrissey/status/899695896031633409 

At the time I wrote the proposal, I had not known that Poland had declared 2017 the “Year of Kosciuszko,” on the 200th anniversary of his death. This website focuses mainly on the celebrations in Australia, but has some resources available on Kosciuszko’s extraordinary life, offering a few bullet points in summary:

In the United States 

  • He tried to buy Thomas Jefferson’s slaves and free them.
  • He designed the blueprints for West Point, which Benedict Arnold sold to the British.
  • He planned the Battle of Saratoga, the turning point of the American Revolution.
  • He stood up for the rights of Native Americans, and the chief of the Miami Indian tribe gave him a tomahawk/peace pipe as a sign of appreciation.

In Poland…

  • He led a Revolution to free the peasants from serfdom and end feudalism.
  • He was joined by a black man named Jean Lapierre who tried to help him to free white slaves.
  • The Jews started a Jewish “Bearded cavalry” to fight along side of him.
  • The Jewish cavalry leader called him “a messenger from God.”









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