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Historian says McGovern had "an uncommon patriotism"

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 So how do you measure what George McGovern meant to South Dakota and to the world?
 It is a very big question with a laundry list of answers.
 We put that question to Texas-based historian Tom Knock, who is in the process of completing a biography looking at McGovern's life.

 For George McGovern, politics was personal.
 Not in any type of vindictive way...but McGovern realized that what happened in the halls of power in Washington impacting real people...either for better or for worse. McGovern wanted to make things better.

 "An uncommon patriotism grounded in integrity and reason." Historian Tom Knock has been researching McGovern's life in one way or another for more than 20 years and says our homegrown political legend was a rarity....a politician who acted first and considered personal political risks last.
 McGovern was open about his desire to end hunger at home and abroad....his desire to bring peace to areas that had only known conflict...his very open opposition to the Viet Nam war and the thousands of American lives it cost. "I think what compelled him to speak out often and alone sometimes on issue like the Viet Nam war...those are basically the same things that motivated him towards the end of his life."

 As the years wore on, McGovern didn't fade away into history.
 He was always vital and always making a case for compassion and for peace.
 Whatever your politics, George McGovern was a good person...a good man....and knock says he was the living embodiment of the idea that if you want to change the world....you need to do something about it. "You have to have the courage of your convictions."

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