Review of Heidler and Heidler, Henry Clay: The Essential American

I'll confess to not liking Henry Clay all that much. Despite his efforts at political compromise to keep the Union together, he's always struck me as smarmy, and I've never bought his claim that there wasn't a "corrupt bargain" between him and John Quincy Adams in 1825, whether it was explicitly stated or not. David Heidler and …

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Reconsidering Henry Clay

When I was in junior high, we were required to do periodic public presentations. I was fascinated with the Great Triumvirate of Calhoun, Clay, and Webster and did a series of oral reports on all three politicians (but not Jackson, surprisingly). David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler have co-authored a new biography of Henry Clay. To …

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