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Daniel Webster: The Man and His Time (original 1997; edição 1997)

por Robert Vincent Remini

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In almost every respect, Daniel Webster was larger than life, an intellectual colossus, a statesman of the first rank, and a man of towering and finally unfulfilled ambition. In this new biography, Webster is seen as a major player in American politics in the era between the War of 1812 and the beginning of the Civil War, involved with every significant issue confronting the new nation. Webster had no equal as an orator, then or since. Whether in the Senate, before the Supreme Court, or on the political stump, he was a golden-tongued spellbinder, often holding audiences in thrall for hours. In his lifelong defense of the Constitution, and as a constant upholder of the Union, Webster won love and respect. He was often referred to as "the Godlike Daniel". But he was also referred to as "Black Dan" because of his questionable dealings with men of wealth and power, his political conniving, his habitual nonpayment of debts, and perhaps even his somewhat roving eye.… (mais)
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Título:Daniel Webster: The Man and His Time
Autores:Robert Vincent Remini
Informação:W. W. Norton & Company (1997), Edition: 1st ed, Hardcover, 816 pages
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Took me a while to get through this book but it was very much worth it. I especially loved how the author would quote extensively Daniel Webster's own speeches in the Senate and before the Supreme Court. Highly recommended. ( )
  zen_923 | Dec 24, 2020 |
Webster's life was lived at the very heart of American history for many decades. He was a central figure of pro-Constitutional and pro-national sentiments of his day. Especially in his Supreme Court arguments, he was central to American legal development. Other men, including some elected to the Presidency, were obviously more peripheral to our history.

He made mistakes, though. His failure to support Millard Fillmore at the 1852 Whig convention actually helped lead to war. Also, he had personal failings. He could be cool and aloof to persons who could have helped him. His drinking harmed him as much as did his outrageous finances.

I'm going to have to get his speeches (through inter-library loan) and read some of them. This book was a great introduction to them. All his greatest speeches and debates are revivified here.

His life may have as much import now as it did then. He is still relevant, in part, because of all the state's rights talk these days and the virtual threat of nullification that some states have advocated recently - mostly in defense of coal, oil, and other big industry. Calls for cutting back on "big government" only make sense if this other unspoken side of "effective national government" can be seen as its balance.

He was pro-manufactures and continued to be throughout his life. His (almost too) close ties to Northern business helped the growth of industry in the U.S. and, ironically, probably increased the North's readiness for war against the South (my idea) - while at the very same time (through the tariffs he supported) increased the South's grievances. He was a very early opponent of war which he deemed unconscionable. Had he been elected President, he was such a respected man that he may have been able to delay the war. (Though they say that about a lot of things.) Thankfully (in some sense), he never lived to see it - he died in 1853. He was certainly a precursor to Lincoln.

A wonderful, if slightly slow-going, book. One well worth reading and thinking about. (Since party juxtapositions were different in ante-bellum America, the book is a rather outside-the-box kind of read.) ( )
  geoffreymeadows | Mar 26, 2011 |
3094. Daniel Webster / The Man and His Time, by Robert V. Remini. There is so much good to say about this book I scarcely know where to begin. It is a perfect book for anyone interested in the man Webster and the super-interesting time he lived. And the footnotes are where they belong--on the same page, so one can see whether they should be read or can be skipped. (read July 26, 1998). ( )
  Schmerguls | Dec 12, 2007 |
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In almost every respect, Daniel Webster was larger than life, an intellectual colossus, a statesman of the first rank, and a man of towering and finally unfulfilled ambition. In this new biography, Webster is seen as a major player in American politics in the era between the War of 1812 and the beginning of the Civil War, involved with every significant issue confronting the new nation. Webster had no equal as an orator, then or since. Whether in the Senate, before the Supreme Court, or on the political stump, he was a golden-tongued spellbinder, often holding audiences in thrall for hours. In his lifelong defense of the Constitution, and as a constant upholder of the Union, Webster won love and respect. He was often referred to as "the Godlike Daniel". But he was also referred to as "Black Dan" because of his questionable dealings with men of wealth and power, his political conniving, his habitual nonpayment of debts, and perhaps even his somewhat roving eye.

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