The Enduring Value of Calhoun

Both John C. Calhoun and Woodrow Wilson have recently been canceled by major universities. Yale’s Calhoun College is now Grace Hopper College and the former Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton awaits a new donor for renaming. It is striking that the monikers of two of the three most brilliant scholar-statesmen in American history have erased from the universities—the place where ideas are supposed to hold pride of place. Can the third member of this triumvirate, James Madison, father of the Bill of Rights but unrepentant slaveholder, persist at James Madison University and other institutions?

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