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John Hume, 1937-2020

The nationalist politician John Hume will be justly remembered as the most essential Irish political figure of his era. Hume, who died Aug. 3 at age 83, lived a life dedicated to peace, social justice, the unity of the Irish nation, and constitutional politics. What makes those commitments impressive is that he kept them at a place and time, Northern Ireland between the 1960s and the turn of the century, in which such commitments were so often blown apart in acts of arson, paramilitary violence, bombing, and terror. The peace he helped to build and broker stood on what he called “principled compromise, not compromised principles.”


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