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A True Profile in Courage
When he set sail for South Africa at the start of the Second Boer War in 1900 — before he was the Winston Churchill of legend — the man was a hustling young journalist and failed candidate for Parliament. Candice Milland’s Hero of the Empire depicts him as courageous and possessing a sense of his own destiny that saw him through numerous battles, and most significantly, his capture, imprisonment, escape and triumphant return to the British side despite the best efforts of the Boer enemy. Moreover, she describes Churchill’s impact on the people surrounding him: they were put off by his braggadocio, but at the same time, they were more than impressed by his energy, leadership qualities, and his physical courage. One observer at the time saw a brilliant future for the fine young man who did not seem to know his place:
And it did, indeed, come to pass that Churchill led his country in its time of greatest need, and in doing so he saved the world.
Winston Churchill died 52 years ago today.
Addendum: Say what you want about The Donald (and there are a great many things that can be said), but at least the bust of Winston is back where it belongs:
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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