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Henry Clay's Remarks in House and Senate   By: (1777-1852)

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Henry Clay's Remarks in House and Senate provides readers with an intimate glimpse into the mind and words of one of America's most influential politicians. Through this collection of speeches, Henry Clay showcases his brilliant oratory skills and his unwavering dedication to the principles he believed would shape the nation's destiny.

The book is divided into sections, each focusing on a different period in Clay's political career. As readers navigate through these sections, they embark on a journey that spans several decades, from Clay's early days in the House of Representatives to his later years in the Senate. This format allows readers to witness Clay's growth as a statesman and his ability to adapt his arguments to the changing political landscape.

One of the notable strengths of this collection is Clay's mastery of rhetoric. His speeches are meticulously crafted, filled with eloquence and persuasion. Whether addressing issues of internal improvements, tariffs, or slavery, Clay's words carry weight and resonate with conviction. His ability to effortlessly sway his audience is truly commendable.

Moreover, Clay's speeches provide valuable insights into the political climate of his time. He offers readers a firsthand account of the challenges and debates that shaped the United States during the early 19th century. Clay's thoughts on key issues, such as the viability of the American System or the question of states' rights, shed light on the complex issues that divided the nation during this period.

In addition to demonstrating Clay's skill as an orator and providing historical context, this collection delves into his personal philosophy and beliefs. Clay's speeches reflect his deep commitment to preserving the Union, despite the growing tensions between the Northern and Southern states. His words are imbued with a sense of patriotism and a desire to forge a cohesive nation.

However, it is important to note that this collection may not appeal to readers who are unfamiliar with American political history or those who prefer a more narrative-driven format. The book primarily consists of transcripts of Clay's speeches, which can be dense and difficult to follow at times. Additionally, some speeches may delve into highly complex topics, making them less accessible to general readers.

Nonetheless, for those with an interest in American politics, Henry Clay's Remarks in House and Senate offers an invaluable resource. It unravels the mind of a masterful politician, providing a window into the key issues and debates that shaped the early American republic. Clay's enduring legacy as a statesman is brilliantly captured within the pages of this collection, making it an essential addition to any history enthusiast's library.

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Henry Clay, "On the Seminole War," U.S. House of Representatives 19 January 1819.

Henry Clay, "On the Expunging Resolutions," U.S. Senate 16 January 1837

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Henry Clay, "On the Expunging Resolutions," U.S. Senate, 16 January 1837

Mr. President:

WHAT patriotic purpose is to be accomplished by this Expunging resolution? What new honor or fresh laurels will it win for our common country? Is the power of the Senate so vast that it ought to be circumscribed, and that of the President so restricted that it ought to be extended? What power has the Senate? None, separately. It can only act jointly with the other House, or jointly with the Executive. And although the theory of the Constitution supposes, when consulted by him, it may freely give an affirmative or negative response, according to the practice, as it now exists, it has lost the faculty of pronouncing the negative monosyllable. When the Senate expresses its deliberate judgment, in the form of resolution, that resolution has no compulsory force, but appeals only to the dispassionate intelligence, the calm reason, and the sober judgment, of the community. The Senate has no army, no navy, no patronage, no lucrative offices, no glittering honors, to bestow. Around us there is no swarm of greedy expectants, rendering us homage, anticipating our wishes, and ready to execute our commands... Continue reading book >>

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