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John C. Calhoun: American Portrait
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Coit, who clearly admires Calhoun and is determined to unearth the person behind the stony legend, argues that Calhoun's devotion to nation and state were as one and that in his view only through a determined affirmation of the rights of the states could the larger national confederation succeed.
A previous reviewer notes a problem with Coit trying to get inside of Calhoun's head, imagining what he was thinking. Undoubtedly today this aspect of her book would fall well short of academic standards. But in every other way, this is a strong book, and most of all, it is a beautiful literary achievement--it does read like fiction.
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It's pathetic that folks give one-star reviews to biographies they haven't read simply because they don't like the subject. What are you, eight? Grow up. Read morePublished 10 months ago by James
Mr. Calhoun, a slave holder, was such a stone-cold racist that he suggested to John Adams (a great statesmen) that because of the Missouri Compromise (adding new states to the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Lewis II