Chapter

A New Image

Lindsey Apple

in The Family Legacy of Henry Clay

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134109
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135908 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134109.003.0008
A New Image

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Devastated economically and psychologically by the war, the Clay family, like the South, desperately needed an anchor to provide emotional stability and a foundation for recovery. The South developed the Lost Cause with Robert E. Lee as the model of southern virtue and nobility. The Clays adopted many of the principles of the Lost Cause, but they created their own “marble man,” a new Henry Clay, as noble and virtuous as Lee but more national in his scope. The architects were primarily women, and that new image, a collective memory, guided the Clays into an uncertain future, providing an avenue for the return to the Union, a sense of family importance, and a curriculum for the education of each new generation.

Keywords: emotional stability; recovery; Lost Cause; Robert E. Lee; marble man; collective memory; Union; family importance; education

Chapter.  7923 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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