Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster and Their Differing Vi

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Perhaps the three most influential men in the pre-Civil War era were Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster. These men all died nearly a decade before the civil war began, but they didn't know how much they would effect it. States' rights was a very controversial issue, and one which had strong opposition and radical proposals coming from both sides. John C. Calhoun was in favor of giving states the power to nullify laws that they saw unconstitutional, and he presented this theory in his "Doctrine of Nullification". Daniel Webster strongly disagreed with this proposal and showed this by giving powerful support to President Jackson in resisting the attempt by South Carolina to nullify the ‘tariff of abominations', as they called…show more content…
When Webster spoke on the senate floor, he left everyone in awe. He was a magnificent lawyer and a convincing speaker. Daniel Webster was probably best remembered for his role in the short story "The Devil and Daniel Webster". Henry Clay was, perhaps, the greatest compromiser of all time, authoring such documents as the Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850, and the 1833 compromise bill that gradually lowered the tariff which the South had been so angry about. His view on states' rights was that they should work with the federal government to come to come to a compromise on the issue. Henry Clay was best remembered for his support of the Compromise of 1850. These three men were very different in a time of more partisanship and anger that today. I believe that the nation was fortunate to have Henry Clay, for without him, the Civil War might have come sooner. I also believe that if he hadn't died in 1852, but lived until 1865, the Civil War might have been prevented; or at least, delayed. I admire Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun, not for their ideas, but for the way that they fought for what they believed in. It is thanks to these Webster and Calhoun, and men like them, that the Civil War was fought, and thanks to Clay, and men like him, that the Civil war was

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