Compromise and the Constitution: The Political Thought of Henry Clay Kimberly C. Shankman

ISBN: 9780739100363

Published: August 31st 1999

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129 pages


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Compromise and the Constitution: The Political Thought of Henry Clay  by  Kimberly C. Shankman

Compromise and the Constitution: The Political Thought of Henry Clay by Kimberly C. Shankman
August 31st 1999 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 129 pages | ISBN: 9780739100363 | 8.16 Mb

Kimberly Shankman has written the first full-length study of the political thought of early American statesman Henry Clay. In Compromise and the Constitution, Shankman seeks to understand Clays approach to republican statesmanship by carefullyMoreKimberly Shankman has written the first full-length study of the political thought of early American statesman Henry Clay. In Compromise and the Constitution, Shankman seeks to understand Clays approach to republican statesmanship by carefully considering the context in which he developed and articulated his programs and policy prescriptions.

Because Clay was policy-oriented and very seldom addressed politics from a theoretical perspective, there has been a tendency to dismiss him as motivated primarily, if not exclusively, by expedience and ambition. Shankman demonstrates, however, that Clays reticence about first principles was in fact an integral part of his conception of an appropriate republican politics: one based on prudence, interest, and compromise rather than on principle, passion, and adamancy. This book is crucial reading for scholars of American history, early American political thought, and the Constitution.



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