John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Ten random things: March 1

Ten things named for former U.S. Senator John C. Calhoun:

  1. Calhoun College, Yale, New Haven, Connecticut
  2. Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  3. Fort Calhoun Nuclear Generating Station, Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
  4. Calhoun High School, New York, New York
  5. John C. Calhoun Expressway, Augusta, Georgia
  6. Calhoun County, Iowa
  7. Calhoun Falls State Park, Abbeville County, South Carolina
  8. Calhoun, Kentucky
  9. Calhoun Community College, Decatur, Alabama
  10. Calhoun City, Mississippi

I've read a couple of books in recent weeks about pre-Civil War politics, and of course Sen. Calhoun plays a large role in both. I've come to the conclusion that I need to learn more about him, because while he's viewed by many people as one of the greatest U.S. Senators in history, it's hard for me, based on his portrayal in the books I've read, to view him as anything other than an evil, evil man. I mean, he described human slavery as a "positive good," and devoted his political life (the latter part of it, at least) to its spread. Sounds evil to me, but perhaps I, a Yankee living in the 21st Century, am not capable of understanding the moral position of a 19th century Southern slave owner.


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