One and Inseparable: Daniel Webster and the Union

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From the ratification of the Constitution to the outbreak of the Civil War, few persons played a greater role in American history than Daniel Webster. He was a spokesman of New England commercial interests in the War of 1812, approving the threat of state interposition by the Hartford Convention; later an apostle of the industrial system and advocate of protective tariffs; a brilliant expositor of the Constitution as an instrument for national economic growth and strong central government; the architect of a ...

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Overview

From the ratification of the Constitution to the outbreak of the Civil War, few persons played a greater role in American history than Daniel Webster. He was a spokesman of New England commercial interests in the War of 1812, approving the threat of state interposition by the Hartford Convention; later an apostle of the industrial system and advocate of protective tariffs; a brilliant expositor of the Constitution as an instrument for national economic growth and strong central government; the architect of a foreign policy that brought permanent peace between the United States and England; the Great Compromiser who, as much as any other public man, tried to reconcile the clashing interests of North and South.

Despite his importance Webster has never been the subject of a full-scale, scholarly biography. Maurice C. Baxter's One and Inseparable traces the interrelated evolution of the public career and the private life of this imposing and controversial Yankee. He portrays Webster as an unswerving patriot, an advocate of nationality, and a champion of peace and the Union--but also reveals him as a self-promoting politician who varied his positions to suit the interests of his constituents and was sometimes insensitive to the great moral issues of his day. This devoted family man, enterprising if not altogether successful farmer, and genial companion could he egotistical, immoderate in his drinking habits, and careless about personal finances. Reading Baxter's lucid, moving biography it is possible to understand why Ralph Waldo Emerson so detested
Daniel Webster but also called him "the competest man" produced by America, adding: "Nature had not in our days, or not since Napoleon, cut out such a masterpiece."

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Editorial Reviews

David Herbert Donald
One and Inseparable is a work of superb scholarship soundly based on original research, astonishingly well informed on political developments, and masterful in its treatment of constitutional issues. This is a major biography of a major figure in American history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674638211
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1984
  • Series: Belknap Press Series
  • Pages: 668
  • Sales rank: 1,012,763
  • Product dimensions: 6.53 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Preparation

2. Portsmouth

3. Antiwar Congressman

4. Peace

5. Boston

6. Massachusetts Politician

7. Sectionalism

8. Friend of the Administration

9. Senator

10. Lawyer

11. Liberty and Union

12. Killing the Monster

13. Nullification

14. Bank War

15. Jackson's Vindication

16. Depression

17. Middle Age

18. Veto

19. Anglo-American Issues

20. Ashburton

21. Diplomacy and Politics

22. Whig Problems

23. Expansion

24. Slavery in the West

25. Compromise

26. Character

27. Judicial Adjustments

28. Diplomatic Frustrations

29. Compromise on Trial

30. Advocate of Nationality

Bibliographical Note

Notes

Index

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