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Henry Watterson and the New SouthThe Politics of Empire, Free Trade, and Globalization$
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Daniel S. Margolies

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124179

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124179.001.0001

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Toward the Star-Eyed Goddess

Toward the Star-Eyed Goddess

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Henry Watterson and the New South
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Daniel S. Margolies

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124179.003.0002

This chapter discusses the events that shaped Henry Watterson's political outlook. Despite having only four years of schooling, he imbibed the politics of the late Jacksonian era; his grandfather had served under Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812. It was Henry's father, Harvey Watterson, who passed on his political sangfroid to his son. Thanks to Henry's impeccable political credentials and a remarkable set of connections, he was able to rise to political and journalistic prominence at a young age.

Keywords:   Henry Watterson, political outlook, politics, late Jacksonian era, Andrew Jackson, War of 1812, prominence, political sangfroid

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