Perspective on the Namesake of Lake Calhoun

The following commentary by Gary Brueggemann, dated June 26, 2015, was published on the Opinion Page of the Star Tribune

Perspective on the Namesake of Lake Calhoun

There really were two sides to John C. Calhoun — and one of them had a profound influence on this region.

Admittedly, having a lake here in the North Star State — and in the city where Hubert Humphrey launched his celebrated civil-rights crusade — named after an infamous defender of slavery and the old South is both ironic and odd. But as a Minnesota historian, I would like to offer my perspective on the proposed renaming of Lake Calhoun.

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