The Gist

The Great Compromiser

Henry Clay’s appellation would be a damning nickname for any politician today.

Henry Clay, looking dapper in an 1818 painting by Matthew Harris Jouett.

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On The Gist, author Harlow Giles Unger tells us about the great compromiser of America’s formative years, former Speaker of the House Henry Clay. Read more in Unger’s book Henry Clay: America’s Greatest Statesman. For the Spiel, a look at the protests at Yale and the University of Missouri.

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