Henry Clay, Part Two

James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins

in Kentucky Rising

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134406
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135977 | DOI:
Henry Clay, Part Two

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Americans identified with Henry Clay as the symbol of the American eagle, the Genius of Liberty, and the champion of Union-saving compromises. Clay believed in the Union over the state and made his position clear in his numerous political positions. Believing that slavery was a necessary evil put Clay in the center of the debate, yet his stance enabled him to defend the Union to both abolitionists and the pro-slavery factions. Thanks to Clay, Abraham Lincoln even remarked that Kentucky must be a part of the Union.

Keywords: slavery; Union; abolition; Kentucky; Lincoln; Henry Clay

Chapter.  9730 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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