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Posted June 8, 2001
An excellent synthesis of the statesman and the events that shaped his career.
This work presents not only a background into the obscure private life of the South's most prominent spokesman, but also elaborates on his changing views on the tariff, the supremacy of the national government, and the 'peculiar institution.' It shows Calhoun as not a vacillating personality, but rather one who responded to growing sectional tensions. Dr. Niven's book should be standard reading for anyone seeking to understand the tumultuous period leading to Civil War.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.