By Merrill D. Peterson
Arriving at the nationwide scene on the onset of the battle of 1812 and departing political lifestyles in the course of the ordeal of the Union in 1850-52, Webster, Clay, and Calhoun opened--and closed--a new period in American politics. In outlook and magnificence, they represented startling contrasts: Webster, the Federalist and staunch New England defender of the Union; Clay, the "war hawk" and nationwide Rebublican chief from the West; Calhoun, the younger nationalist who turned the major spokesman of the South and slavery. They got here jointly within the Senate for the 1st time in 1832, united of their competition of Andrew Jackson, and therefore gave start to the belief of the "Great Triumvirate." getting into the background books, this concept survived the try out of time simply because those males divided a lot of yank politics among them for therefore long.
Peterson brings to lifestyles the nice occasions during which the Triumvirate figured so prominently, together with the debates on Clay's American method, the Missouri Compromise, the Webster-Hayne debate, the financial institution struggle, the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, the annexation of Texas, and the Compromise of 1850. straight away a sweeping narrative and a penetrating learn of non-presidential management, this booklet bargains an indelible photo of this conservative period within which statesmen considered the renovation of the legacy of loose govt inherited from the Founding Fathers as their significant challenge. In attention-grabbing aspect, Peterson demonstrates how accurately Webster, Clay, and Calhoun exemplify 3 features of this nationwide mind.
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