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 andContinue reading “Review of Heidler and Heidler, Henry Clay: The Essential American

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. ToContinue reading “Reconsidering Henry Clay”

Review of Robert Remini’s At the Edge of the Precipice

Robert V. Remini is widely regarded as the authoritative historian of the Jacksonian period. His biographies of Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, and Daniel Webster are monumental works that remain definitive studies of the lives of these three politicians of the Middle Period. Remini brings his wealth of knowledge about the Early Republic period to hisContinue reading “Review of Robert Remini’s At the Edge of the Precipice