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Daemon
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Henry Clay (1777)

Clay, known as the "Great Compromiser," was an American statesman and orator who served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. His multiple bids for the presidency all failed, but he was nevertheless extremely influential in US politics. He orchestrated the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states, and he attempted to strengthen the nation's economy through his American System. Though he opposed slavery and favored emancipation, Clay only freed his own slaves upon what? More...
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Do as I say not as I do was his position on slavery. The American System needs revived in the US.
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A plantation owner, Clay held slaves during his lifetime but freed them in his Will.
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Henry Clay's "American System," devised in the burst of nationalism that followed the War of 1812, remains one of the most historically significant examples of a government-sponsored program to harmonize and balance the nation's agriculture, commerce, and industry.
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Ole Clay was a mixture of good and bad and thereby he is a fascinating character. I'll have to learn more about him. I love that his slave sued him in court for her freedom. she lost because just as then as now one seldoms finds justice in a court system that sits ideologues who don't understand the law and probably detest it.
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