The Great Triumvirate

The Great Triumvirate : Webster, Clay and Calhoun

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This is a joint biography of Daniel Webster, Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun, the most prominent members of the second generation of American statesmen, from 1812 until 1850 and is at the same time a history of the period. The author says a great deal about political style and character in America, political ambition and reputation, success and failure, ideas and interests during this period. The three statesmen represent startling contrast - Webster, the staunch New England defender of the Union, Clay, first a "war hawk" and later a populist politician, and Calhoun, the foremost advocate of Southern separatism and slavery. Their political lives were intertwined during much of this period.
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  • Hardback | 584 pages
  • 170.18 x 246.38 x 45.72mm | 1,020.58g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • frontispiece, 30 halftones
  • 0195038770
  • 9780195038774

About Merrill D. Peterson

About the AuthorMerrill D. Peterson is Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia. A winner of the Bancroft Prize and a former Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author of numerous books, including The Jefferson Image in the American Mind and Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation: A Biography.
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