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The great triumvirate : Webster, Clay, and Calhoun

Author: Merrill D Peterson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Enormously powerful, intensely ambitious, the very personifications of their respective regions--Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and John C. Calhoun represented the foremost statesmen of their age. In the decades preceding the Civil War, they dominated American congressional politics as no other figures have. Now Merrill D. Peterson, one of our most gifted historians, brilliantly re-creates the lives and times of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Daniel Webster; Henry Clay; John C Calhoun; Daniel Webster; Henry Clay; John Caldwell Calhoun; John C Calhoun; Daniel (Politiker) Webster; Henry (Politiker) Clay; Daniel Webster; John Caldwell Calhoun; Henry Clay
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Merrill D Peterson
ISBN: 0195038770 9780195038774 9780195056860 0195056868
OCLC Number: 15016375
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 573 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Merrill D. Peterson.
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"Enormously powerful, intensely ambitious, the very personifications of their respective regions--Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and John C. Calhoun represented the foremost statesmen of their age. In the decades preceding the Civil War, they dominated American congressional politics as no other figures have. Now Merrill D. Peterson, one of our most gifted historians, brilliantly re-creates the lives and times of these great men in this monumental collective biography. Peterson brings to life the great events in which the Triumvirate figured so prominently, including the debates on Clay's American System, the Missouri Compromise, the Webster-Hayne debate, the Bank War, the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, the annexation of Texas, and the Compromise of 1850. At once a sweeping narrative and a penetrating study of non-presidential leadership, this book offers an indelible picture of this conservative era in which statesmen viewed the preservation of the legacy of free government inherited from the Founding Fathers as their principal mission. In fascinating detail, Peterson demonstrates how precisely Webster, Clay, and Calhoun exemplify three facets of this national mind." --from book description, Amazon.com.

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