Our skillful 'New England brethren'

''What people can excel our Northern and New England brethren in skill, invention, activity, energy, perseverance, and enterprise?''

--- John C. Calhoun

John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), was statesman from South Carolina, including as U.S. senator, secretary of state, secretary of war and vice president. He was the nation's most famous advocate of slavery, whose fiercest foes tended to be New Englanders. He was a graduate of Yale, which named a residence hall after him, but that hall was recently renamed for Grace Cooper   because of his support for slavery. Cooper (1906-92),  who earned a Ph.D. at Yale, was a pioneering computer scientist and a real admiral.