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Michael Ghiglieri on: Powell's Legacy
Michael Ghiglieri Q: There's something in the legacy of Powell that's more than just, insights about policy that were later recognized. Do you see anything that might have come from his emotional appeal, generations later.

MG: Powell was unusual for the people of that age or even this age, because he combined two separate and diametrically opposed qualities, in his legacy. One, he was a man of ideas, ideas that some of us now considered have been fairly good ideas. But, on top of that, he's a man of action and he was a man who's courage allowed him to proceed in that action, that the exploration of the Colorado system in 1869 and later years when he continued back, again and again, they were all very intrepid, courageous acts that involved a lot of personal danger, a lot of danger professionally, cost to him financially. So, he's a man who put his money where his mouth was and he proceeded, according to his beliefs. Today, that's a rare entity in our society. And, we look back and see a man like that, regardless of whether his ideas were taken to heart or not, we admire him for his courage, his tenacity and his thought. So, his legacy is, that he was a whole man.

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