Henry Clay: The Essential American

by Laura Ellis on September 13, 2010

To most of us living in Kentucky, Henry Clay is a familiar name. He served as Speaker of the House, Senator, and Secretary of State, although his presidential campaigns were unsuccessful. Efforts to smooth over the Nullification Crisis and broker agreements about slavery resulted in his nickname, The Great Compromiser. In their new book, authors Jeanne and David Heidler shed light on Clay’s duality; was he a status-seeking sellout, or a sincere statesman who really meant it when he said he’d rather be right than president? Join us for an hour on Henry Clay, then decide.

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