SOURCE: New York Times
by Andrew Delbanco
Robert Elder's biography of Calhoun examines the racist and pro-slavery thought of the legislator and his political afterlife.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Senator Mike Lee's recent insistence that the US is "a republic, not a democracy" recall the antidemocratic vision of John C. Calhoun, says columnist George Packer.
SOURCE: Greenville (SC) Post and Courier
“My research shows that Black lives hardly mattered at all at Clemson until after desegregation, and the discovery we made in this burial ground tells me that Black deaths mattered even less,” Dr. Rhondda Thomas said Monday. “The thing that I found was that Black labor mattered the most on this land where Clemson was built.”
Abolition Movement Historian Ethan Kytle Discusses Confederate Monuments and Teaching Younger Students about Slavery
by James Thornton Harris
"I don’t think it is fair for a scholar like me to tell a community what sort of monuments it should put up. This should be a local decision—and one that takes into account the perspectives of the entire community, which was not the case with Confederate monuments."
SOURCE: Harvard Magazine
by Peter H. Wood
"When word spread that the Charleston City Council had voted unanimously to remove the domineering figure from his skyscraping column, I thought of a comment Walt Whitman recorded at the end of the Civil War. After Confederate forces had surrendered at Appomattox Court House, the poet overheard a Union soldier observe that the true monuments to Calhoun were the wasted farms and gaunt chimneys scattered over the South."
SOURCE: Charleston Post and Courier (SC)
by Robert MacDonald
It's difficult for statues to serve as sources of public knowledge about history.
SOURCE: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Some Minneapolis Park Board members think it’s worth revisiting discussion of the name of Lake Calhoun, also known by the Dakota name Bde Maka Ska, in light of Yale University’s decision to remove John C. Calhoun’s name from a residential college.
by Kyle Scott
John C. Calhoun in 1849. Daguerreotype by Mathew Brady.
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