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C-SPAN's "The Contenders" Looks at Henry Clay

First LIVE program in the series

Washington, DC
Monday, December 19, 2011

C-SPAN debuts the first LIVE program in our new history series "The Contenders."  The series features profiles of key figures who have run for president and lost, but changed political history nevertheless.

Originating from Henry Clay’s home in Lexington, Kentucky, we’ll explore the life, times and political legacy of a man known simultaneously by his contemporaries as “The Great Compromiser” and “The Dictator” - and perhaps the most powerful politician of his time.

Our guests for the program will help us understand his relevancy today, his almost 50 years in politics, and his support for both slavery and keeping the Union together.  Joining us will be:

  • Kentucky State Historian James Clotter – who is currently writing a book on Clay’s presidential aspirations
  • Alicestyne Turely – History Professor at Louisville University and an expert on the issue of slavery in Kentucky compared to the rest of the country
  • Avery Malone – Tour Director at Ashland Estate

For more information on the series, go to - where you’ll find videos, biographical information, election results, helpful links and more on each of the 14 "contenders" featured in the series.


Updated: Friday, December 16, 2011 at 1:43pm (ET)

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