Cassius Marcellus Clay: firebrand of freedom

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University Press of Kentucky, 1976 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 153 pages
" The most colorful member of Kentucky's most illustrious family, Cassius Marcellus Clay is a legendary figure in the Bluegrass. This lively biography records both the traditions surrounding Clay and the historical facts of his life, which are themselves the stuff of legend. Although Clay was a dedicated emancipationist, his real interest lay in broad issues of human freedom. The story of Clay's True American, his service in the Mexican War, his accomplishments as Lincoln's minister to Russia, and his active post-Civil War political life are all told against the background of the climactic events of a lifetime that spanned almost a century of American history.

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It is impressive that someone raised as a scion of slave-holding Kentucky would emancipate his own slaves and become an outspoken critic of the peculiar institution, despite the physical -- not to ... Read full review


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