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Kentucky RisingDemocracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War$
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James A. Ramage

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134406

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.001.0001

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Henry Clay, Part Two

Henry Clay, Part Two

Champion of the Union

(p.37) 2 Henry Clay, Part Two
Kentucky Rising

James A. Ramage

Andrea S. Watkins

University Press of Kentucky

Americans identified with Henry Clay as the symbol of the American eagle, the Genius of Liberty, and the champion of Union-saving compromises. Clay believed in the Union over the state and made his position clear in his numerous political positions. Believing that slavery was a necessary evil put Clay in the center of the debate, yet his stance enabled him to defend the Union to both abolitionists and the pro-slavery factions. Thanks to Clay, Abraham Lincoln even remarked that Kentucky must be a part of the Union.

Keywords:   slavery, Union, abolition, Kentucky, Lincoln, Henry Clay

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