This 1882 volume in the American Statesmen series was the first scholarly biography of Calhoun, the "cast-iron man" of South Carolina, whose fiery oratory hastened the South toward secession. Holst's presentation of Calhoun is colored by his own profound antipathy for slavery—an institution Calhoun famously championed as "a positive good."
About the Author
Hermann Eduard von Holst (1841-1904) was a German-American historian who, through his writing and teaching, introduced German methods of historical research to America. His major work was Constitutional and Political History of the United States, which appeared in five volumes from 1873-91.