Henry Clay was the most consequential statesman in American politics from 1812 to 1850. Clay struggled to forge an enduring Union, repeatedly tamping down sectional tensions, so much so that he earned the sobriquet, “The Great Compromiser.” Using period documents, we will discuss the Missouri Crisis, slavery and the American Colonization Society (of which Clay was a founding member), Clay’s great feud with Andrew Jackson, and Clay’s lasting influence on American political culture.
What better way to learn about American history is there than by reading the primary sources, and discussing them with talented colleagues? What better place to learn about American history than in the places it was made? Participating teachers will read a set of primary source documents (150-200 pages), travel to a relevant historic site, and engage in conversation with up to 20 colleagues over the course of a weekend. In addition, participants will receive a stipend of $225 to defray the cost of travel to and from the program site.