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Henry Clay and the American system

Author: Maurice G Baxter
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©1995.
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This detailed study of Henry Clay and the American system - a program of vigorous economic nationalism dependent on active government intervention - reveals the important economic and constitutional aspects of what was perhaps Clay's greatest contribution to national policy, a contribution that has received surprisingly little study until now. During the first half of the nineteenth century the new United States  Read more...
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Baxter, Maurice G. (Maurice Glen), 1920-
Henry Clay and the American system.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©1995
(OCoLC)603859610
Named Person: Henry Clay; Henry Clay; Henry (Politiker) Clay
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maurice G Baxter
ISBN: 0813119197 9780813119199
OCLC Number: 31753901
Description: 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Jeffersonian nationalist --
The American system --
Postwar issues --
Secretary of State --
Nullification --
The bank war --
Internal improvements --
Jacksonian ascendancy --
Financial problems --
Log cabin --
Veto --
Limited success --
Disappointments --
Retrospect.
Responsibility: Maurice G. Baxter.

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This detailed study of Henry Clay and the American system - a program of vigorous economic nationalism dependent on active government intervention - reveals the important economic and constitutional aspects of what was perhaps Clay's greatest contribution to national policy, a contribution that has received surprisingly little study until now. During the first half of the nineteenth century the new United States experienced rapid material growth, transforming a largely agrarian, premodern economy into a diversified, industrializing one. As Speaker of the House in the years following the War of 1812, and later as a founder of the Whig party, Clay argued strongly for the development of a home market for domestic goods so that Americans would not be dependent on foreign imports. This "American System" was originally little more than a protective tariff on foreign goods, but it soon came to encompass a collection of policies that included a national banking system and distribution of federal funds to improve transportation. Baxter reveals the inner workings of Clay's program and offers the first careful analysis of its successes and failures.

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